Tesla was again hit by the Chinese Communist Party, which issued a new rule “prohibiting the transfer of Chinese data outside China”

The mainland Internet Information Office issued new regulations, mainly targeting Tesla.

U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla recently encountered a series of trouble in China, in addition to customer complaints and controversy, but also by the Chinese Communist Party’s official media criticism, resulting in Tesla sales in April this year, and Tesla also seems to become the target of the mainland purge, China’s Office of Internet Information issued a new regulation, pointing out that “prohibit the transmission of personal data of car owners to foreign countries without permission, as well as driving It is understood that this regulation is mainly for Tesla.

Comprehensive media reports, according to the Internet Information Office issued a “number of provisions for the management of automotive data security (draft for comment)” pointed out that in order to strengthen the protection of personal information and important data, regulate automotive data processing activities, safeguard national security and public interest, according to the “People’s Republic of China Network Security Law” and other laws and regulations, the development of this provision.”

The second of these provisions shows that operators in the People’s Republic of China in the design, production, sale, operation and maintenance, management process of the car, the collection, analysis, storage, transmission, query, use, deletion and provision of personal information or important data outside the country, shall comply with the requirements of relevant laws and regulations and this provision.”

These important data regulated by China contain data on the flow of people and vehicles in important and sensitive areas such as military management areas, units involving state secrets such as national defense science and industry, party and government organs at or above the county level, mapping data higher than the accuracy of the state’s publicly released maps, data on the operation of the car charging network, data on the type of vehicles on the road, vehicle flow, etc., audio and video file data outside the car containing faces, voices, license plates, etc., as well as national network information Department and the relevant departments of the State Council specify other data that may affect national security and public interests.

In this regard, Tesla Vice President Tao Lin said that the data collected in China will strictly comply with the legal norms of the authorities. Tesla also declared on its official microblog, we support and respond to the development of the industry to further move towards regulation and jointly help technological innovation. We welcome your active suggestions to the relevant authorities to promote the healthy and orderly development of the auto industry.”

Previously, the Chinese Communist Party media named Tesla for collecting driving data, such as the Tesla Model 3, which is equipped with eight camera lenses, one radar and 12 ultrasonic radars. It may collect “GPS signals, driving tracks, driving habits, all vehicle operations, and even information unrelated to driving.

Industry sources speculate that Tesla may adopt Apple’s previous practice of storing data in the cloud in China, like Apple did in 2017 with Cloud on Guizhou, handing over Chinese users’ iCloud services to Cloud on Guizhou to ensure that data is not transmitted outside of China.

Tesla’s sales in China fell 27% in April compared to the previous month, with a total of 25,000 vehicles sold. Although higher than the sales in January and February, there are more and more options in China such as Azera and Xiaopeng, leading to a compression of Tesla’s market share.

Tesla’s official microblogging statement supports the new regulations issued by China’s Office of Networking Information.