Tesla sets up a Data Centre in Shanghai
Published 27 May 2021
Tesla has announced that it has set up a data centre in mainland China.
This data centre will store the information collected from users, according to South a report by China Morning Post (SCMP). Tesla in a Weibo post said that it has set up a data centre in Shanghai to locally store data collected by its vehicles sold in mainland China.
The Palo Alto based company said that all data generated from cars sold in China will now be stored within the country. Tesla even added that it will add more data centres in future and further promised to take care of the security of the data.
“Car data security is very important,” the automaker said in a Weibo post. Tesla will make every effort to … ensure data security, it added
Restrictions on Tesla
This development comes in the wake of Chinese authorities, in March restricitng the use of Tesla cars by the military and employees of state-owned companies.
Earlier this year, the Chinese military banned Tesla vehicles from entering its complexes, expressing concerns over cameras equipped onboard, according to Reuters and Bloomberg. This was over concerns that images from cameras on the vehicles could be transmitted to the US. However, Tesla has denied that its vehicles could be used for espionage.
In February, the company was summoned by regulators to discuss the quality of its vehicles made in Shanghai, where it manufactures the Model 3 and the Model Y. Authorities said they were concerned about several problems with the cars, including “abnormal acceleration” and “battery fires”, according to reports.
Laws in China requires foreign companies to store user data on its soil since 2017 when its Cybersecurity Law came into effect. Tesla has now pledged to cooperate with Chinese authorities.
Apart from Tesla, Apple Inc. also hosts the iCloud accounts of its Chinese users in a new data centre in China’s Guizhou province, in the southwestern part of China.