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Tesla no longer allowed to park in front of Berlin police stations

The Berlin police seem to have something against models of the electric car manufacturer Tesla. The reason for this is the extensive camera technology used in the brand’s vehicles. The state authorities in the German capital have extensive safety concerns in this regard. In particular, they are afraid that the cameras could be used to spy on departments. As a result, Teslas will no longer be allowed to park in front of Berlin police stations.

Tesla as a potential spy weapon?

The step taken by the Berlin police is by no means absurd. If you take a look at the features of Tesla Model 3, Y, X and S, it quickly becomes clear that a veritable smorgasbord of high-resolution cameras is being used here. Who can guarantee the authorities that the data collected in the process will not fall into the wrong hands? But it’s not just optical monitoring by video recording that’s conceivable. Since the vehicles also have microphones, in the worst case scenario one must also reckon with eavesdropping on conversations. Tesla then stores the data collected in this way on its own servers. But what if someone interferes and prepares a special car so that the data ends up somewhere else?

The security problem of the US carmaker’s vehicles has already been pointed out by the ZDF documentary called “Secret Agent Tesla – How the Cult Car Collects Data“. The concerns reach so far with the Berlin police that one has now proclaimed without further ado a Tesla ban for police stations of Berlin. This was reported by the Berliner Zeitung (BZ). In order to inform all services about the step, the LKA prepared a circular and sent it to the appropriate properties. The circular also explains why the capital’s police force is taking this step. They had security concerns in view of the virtually non-existent data protection offered by a Tesla. The interaction of cameras and microphones could lead to an unintentional disclosure of security-relevant information.

Cars are becoming a data octopus

The accusations may be justified. However, Tesla alone cannot now be accused of carrying out questionable data collection. In recent years, many other cars from a wide range of manufacturers have also become real data collectors. Behind this is a steadily growing pile of state-of-the-art safety technology that is used in the vehicles. In particular, models that already enable autonomous driving cannot do without the appropriate camera technology. It would now be logical to extend the ban to other vehicles as well.

However, if Tesla does not change its data storage, over which the user has no influence, the concerns will not be eliminated either. In addition to data privacy concerns, Tesla also has recurring security concerns. For example, it recently came out that in the US many Teslas brake for no reason. On top of that, the company is currently under fire for gigantic job cuts.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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