Does Tesla Violate Law When Disclosing a Customer’s Driving Data?

(By You Yunting)According to a media report, a woman recently claimed her rights at a car exhibition in Shanghai after Tesla disclosed part of driving data of her Tesla car, including time, VIN, speed, physical movement signal of the brake pedal and the pressure of master brake cylinder. The woman’s family claimed that Tesla infringed the car owner’s privacy and consumer rights and should cancel the data and apologize.

Let’s discuss whether it was illegal for Tesla to disclose the customer’s driving data to media. First, in my opinion, driving data are personal data of Tesla car drivers, so Tesla violated the Cyber Security Law when disclosing the driving data without the driver’s approval.

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Laws and Regulations Update in December 2016

1. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Promulgates the Cyber Security Law of the People’s Republic of China

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress promulgated the Cyber Security Law of the People’s Republic of China on 7th November 2016 to clarify duties and power of regulatory authorities about cyber security and legal responsibilities for personal information protection, strengthen individual’s control of private information and take tougher actions against infringement on personal information.  [Full Text]

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