China collecting location info on electric cars - report

Business | Politics | Technology 12/1/2018, 6:15 AM
China collecting location info on electric cars - report

Beijing has requested more than 200 manufacturers of electric cars "transmit position information and dozens of other data points to Chinese government-backed monitoring centers," the Associated Press reported, adding the data is usually obtained without the knowledge of the owners.

The automakers, which include Tesla Inc, Volkswagen, BMW AG, Nio and others, told the media they are only complying with the Chinese laws on alternative energy vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Chinese officials said they are using the information only for analytical purposes, to improve the "infrastructural planning, public safety and prevent fraud in subsidy programs."

Breaking the News / MD

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