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Tesla releases detailed look at its data privacy approach

Tesla has released a detailed look at its latest data privacy approach with more details about what stays in your car and what goes to Tesla.

For a long time, data privacy was not really a thing car buyers were overly concerned about, but with the advent of connected vehicles, that’s starting to change.

And there’s no more connected vehicle than a Tesla.

As it recognizes it as an increasing concern for buyers, Tesla has launched a new webpage highlighting its effort to protect consumer data and a new support page.

The automaker wrote:

We’re committed to protecting you anytime you get behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle. That commitment extends to your data privacy. Our privacy protections aim to go beyond industry standards, ensuring your personal data is never sold, tracked or shared without your permission or knowledge.

Tesla released a chart to explain the difference between the data that stays in your car and data that goes to Tesla, with the distinction between the data that is associated with your account and the data that is not.

Here’s the chart:

Processed directly on vehicle by defaultShared with Tesla but not associated with your accountShared with Tesla and associated with your account
Sentry Mode camera recordingsN/AN/A
Dashcam camera recordingsN/AN/A
Cabin camera dataIf opted in through Data SharingIf FSD Beta is enabled and safety critical event occurs
Autopilot camera recordingsIf opted in through Data SharingIn the occurrence of a safety critical event only
Location dataIf opted in through Data SharingIn the occurrence of a safety critical event only
SpeedN/AIn the occurrence of a safety critical event only
Voice commandsN/AN/A
Browsing historyN/AN/A
OdometerFor fleet analysis and improvementLast known value only, for warranty calculation
Charging dataIf third-party charging network usedIf Supercharger network used
Touchscreen interactionsN/A

Along with this new information, Tesla has now released more precise details about how customers can request a copy of their data through the new support page.

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