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Tesla bows again in Beijing, unveils Shanghai data center to meet cybersecurity requirements
U.S. electric vehicle (EV) giant Tesla has set up a data center in Shanghai to locally store all data collected from its customers in mainland China, a move that should set the tone for all foreign tech companies. who are eyeing the Chinese market. “We have set up a data center in China to locally store the data – collected by Tesla vehicles sold in mainland China – and we will add more. All data generated by cars sold in mainland China will be stored in China, ”the company said on Tuesday in a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, similar to Twitter. Tesla has faced a backlash from customers and officials in China, the world’s largest electric vehicle market, over the data. The country has been requiring foreign companies to store user data on its soil since 2017, when its cybersecurity law came into effect, but has ramped up implementation in recent times. For example, the set-up of Tesla’s data center follows Apple’s decision to host the iCloud accounts of its Chinese users in a new data center in Guizhou Province, southwestern China. China. Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new curated content platform with explanations, FAQs, analysis and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “Data management is a serious problem facing the world’s largest technology companies operating in China,” said Yale Zhang, general manager of Automotive Foresight, an industrial researcher in Shanghai. He added that a strengthened regulatory framework governing data collected by EV companies had resulted not only from the government’s national security concerns, but also from the standpoint of protecting consumer interests. Tesla rival Xpeng sees sales skyrocket as Chinese motorists switch to electricity The data center isn’t the first time Tesla has lost ground in China. At the end of last month, it released the data log of a Model 3 that crashed in February in central Henan Province to the car owner, after a wave of criticism over its safety standards and quality on social networks. The owner, identified as Zhang Yazhou, hopped on a Model 3 on display at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show on April 19 to protest the automaker, claiming that a malfunction in the brakes caused the crash. Beijing has recently become increasingly aware of privacy and data security and has rolled out a series of measures to regulate data generated by electric vehicles, which are equipped with more software – ranging from entertainment systems to functionalities. autonomous driving – connected to the Internet. China’s cyberspace administration, the country’s internet regulator, on May 12 proposed a series of draft rules called the provisions on the management of automotive data security. This follows the draft regulation from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology unveiled last month, which stipulates that personal information and important data collected and generated during operations in the country must remain on Chinese territory. , with particular reference to smart EV makers such as Tesla. In March, the Chinese military banned Tesla vehicles from its facilities over concerns about cameras installed on its cars. Tesla billionaire founder Elon Musk told a government forum in Beijing the same March that his vehicles were not being used to spy on China. “If Tesla uses cars to spy in China or elsewhere, we will be closed,” he said. Tesla’s sales in mainland China slowed last month after clashing with angry customers who worried about the safety and quality of its Shanghai-made electric vehicles. It delivered 25,845 of those cars in April, 27.2 percent less than the 35,478 units sold a month earlier, according to the latest data from the China Passenger Car Association. Auto Shanghai’s Tesla Killer: Electric Vehicle Launches From Nio, Xpeng, Geely Threaten Elon Musk’s Crown As AI, Lidar And Battery Swap Tech Put Chinese Car Brands Top for Generation Z center to meet cybersecurity requirements first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post, download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.