Tesla Reveals Data Privacy Details: Which Data Is Used and What Remains Private

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla reveals how it uses customer data in new privacy section
Tesla reveals how it uses customer data in new privacy section

In an age where data breaches and privacy violations are rampant, Tesla is showing a proactive approach to data privacy. The company's privacy protections are designed to go beyond industry standards to ensure that personal data is never sold, tracked, or shared without the owner's permission or knowledge.

Tesla's commitment to customer privacy and data security is evident in its policies and practices. The company allows customers to access and control their data while being transparent about what data it collects and how it's used. Tesla owners can request a copy of their data to understand its use better.

Transparency and Control

The data associated with a Tesla account includes order details, account information, customer support activity, service history from the ownership period, vehicle usage information, safety event camera recordings (if applicable), infotainment system settings information, mobile app usage information, and supercharging history.

The cameras and computer provide advanced features such as Autopilot while prioritizing customer privacy. Tesla does not continuously collect personally identifiable camera recordings; most processing occurs within the vehicle. Even if customers opt-in, camera recordings remain anonymous and are not linked to the owner or their car unless they are received as part of a safety event.

How Tesla Safeguards and Protects Customer Data

Sentry Mode and Dashcam camera recordings are processed and saved in the customer's vehicle or an external device, never on the company's servers. This provides additional protection for customers' data and ensures that it is always kept safe and secure.

Tesla collects data from its vehicles for remote diagnostics, service, or during a critical safety event. However, this data is not linked to the owner or their vehicle, and anonymous data from the company's global fleet is periodically reviewed but is not linked to the owner or their vehicle.

Data Privacy Request: A Way to Stay Informed and in Control

The company gives its customers the option to request a copy of the data associated with their Tesla account, so they can know exactly what information the company has about them. Tesla's goal is to collect and store the minimum amount of data required to provide the services customers use.

To give customers even more control over their data, the company provides the option to review settings or request a copy of their data at any time through a Data Privacy Request. This empowers customers to stay informed about their personal data and manage it according to their preferences.

Considerations for Deleting Your Tesla Account and Data

When a customer requests a copy of their data, Tesla first verifies that they are the account holder making the request. After that, the company organizes the data associated with the account in easy-to-understand file formats. When the data is ready, the customer receives an email notification letting them know that they can download it. Remember that downloading the data will not delete it from the company's servers.

An owner can delete their Tesla account and associated data permanently. However, they must remove all active Tesla products from their account before requesting deletion. Keep in mind that deleting the account means that all personal data associated with the account will be permanently erased, and the customer will no longer be able to access Tesla vehicles and energy products or services, their documents, statements, and receipts, or sign in using their account on the web or from the Tesla app.

Tesla Video About Privacy

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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