electric cars in china tell the government where their drivers are at all times, investigation finds

by:Yilida      2020-06-26
Chinese cars are monitoring their drivers and reporting to the government where they are.
The authorities claim that the data are used only to ensure the safety of roads, cars and drivers.
But privacy experts fear the data could be used for more aggressive surveillance.
Hundreds of electric car manufacturers, including Tesla, and more traditional companies such as Volkswagen, BMW and Ford, have sent dozens of different messages to the government.
The information was sent without the knowledge of the driver or owner.
Car companies say the data was sent because of local regulations that forced alternative fuel cars to give up data on where they were.
China has called on all Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers to make the same report --
With President Xi Jinping stepping up the use of technology to track citizens, the Chinese government may add a wealth of monitoring tools.
The data then provides a huge map showing the situation of everyone in the car and can be viewed separately when they are driving on the street.
The data were used for analysis to improve public safety, promote industrial development and infrastructure planning, and prevent fraud in subsidized projects, Chinese officials said.
But other countries that sell the same car do not need to keep track of this data.
Critics say the information collected in China is beyond what is needed to achieve the country\'s stated goals.
It can be used not only to weaken the competitive position of foreign automakers, but also to monitor --
Especially in China, where privacy is rarely protected.
Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China launched a war of dissent, combining big data with artificial intelligence to create a more complete police service, can Predict and eliminate the obvious threat to the stability of the ruling Communist Party.
People are also worried that these rules come from next-
More personal information may be transmitted soon.
\"You learned a lot about people\'s festivals --to-
Daily activities, that\'s part of what I call ubiquitous monitoring, where almost everything you do is recorded and saved, and may be used to influence your life, said Michael Chertov, who once served as Secretary of State of the United States. S.
Department of Homeland Security under President George W.
Bush recently wrote a book called data on the explosion.
Global automakers should ask themselves tough questions, says Cher Tov.
\"If what you\'re doing is providing a tool for large-scale monitoring to the government of a more authoritarian country, I think companies have to ask themselves,\" as far as our corporate values are concerned, this is really what we want to do, even if it means giving up the market?
\"According to the national regulations released in 2016, electric vehicles in China transmit data from car sensors back to manufacturers.
From there, automakers sent at least 61 data points to the Ding regulatory center in Shanghai, including the location and details of battery and engine functions.
The data also goes to the national new energy vehicle monitoring center operated by Beijing Institute of Technology, which obtains information from more than one place.
According to the statistics of the national new energy vehicle Big Data Alliance, there are 1 million vehicles in the country.
The national monitoring center declined to answer questions.
These numbers are much larger.
Although the sales of electric vehicles accounted for only 2.
6%. Over the past year, policymakers said they wanted new energy vehicles to account for 20% of total sales in 2025.
Starting next year, all Chinese automakers must reach the lowest output of new energy vehicles as part of Beijing\'s positive efforts to reduce reliance on foreign energy, and put yourself at the forefront of a growing global industry.
The Chinese government has shown interest in tracking vehicles.
\"The government wants to know what people are doing at all times and respond in the fastest way,\" said Maya Wang, a senior Chinese researcher at Human Rights Watch.
\"There is no protection for national surveillance.
\"Tracking vehicles is one of the main focus of their large-scale surveillance,\" she added . \".
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