Location, mileage, and battery level. It is just three of the 61 different types of information, such as vehicle manufacturers, as a minimum, shall send to the data centers in China to meet the country's legislation.
the Rules apply only for electric cars, but according to the world's largest news agency, Associated Press, discloses, over 200 car manufacturers, including many western bilgiganter, information about their chinese cars to the special data centers.
It gives the employees an opportunity here to follow the cars in real time, and according to the chinese authorities used the data to qualify the planning of new infrastructure and keep an eye out for cheating with public support.
Multiple sources, as the news has talked with, however, is troubled that the authorities do not stop here.
the Critics, who counts the Human rights organisation Human Rights Watch, and Michael chertoff is a former american minister for sikkerhedsministeriet Homeland Security, points out that the data can ultimately be used as part of a more far-reaching surveillance.
Michael chertoff is, it is particularly the ongoing collection of data, which gives rise to concern.
- You learn a lot about people's daily activities, and it becomes a part of what I would call ubiquitous surveillance, where virtually everything you do is being recorded and stored and can potentially be used to influence your life and your freedom, says the former minister to the AP.
Beyond local data centers, is a non-profit and supported by the chinese state, according to the AP, also a national centre that collects data from up to 1.1 million. cars all over the country. A number that is expected to increase appreciably as the number of electric vehicles grows.
the News agency writes that the chinese politicians have an ambition to lift sales of electric cars, from 2.6 percent in 2017 to 20 percent in 2025.
According to Ding Xiaohua, deputy director of a data center in Shanghai, is the data in no way suitable for general monitoring. But if the authorities will have access to it, they can get it through a formal application.
- We can help with consumer data to the government, which can help it to improve legislation and planning, he says to AP, and adds:
- For to say it straight out, then the government does not need to monitor through a platform like ours.
It is not something new, that new cars are sending data to the car manufacturers. But usually, they stop here. Why did the producers allegedly also resistance when they were asked to supply the information to the chinese authorities.
According to an anonymous source, who works as a consultant in the chinese government and has helped to evaluate the legislation, stopped the protests, however, as producers were offered a reward.
- They gave dozens of reasons as to why they could not give us the data. They gave us lots of excuses. So, we offered them incentiver, and so they would like to give us the data, because it is a part of their profit, the source said to the AP.
A large number of automakers have refused to comment on the nyhedsbureauets article. Volkswagen is an exception, however, and here nods Jochem Heizmann, ceo of Volkswagen Group China, are able to recognise that sharing data with the authorities.
He acknowledges, moreover, that he can not guarantee that the data is not being used for monitoring. However, according to Heizmann separates the shared information to itself and not much of it, you are already sharing through your smartphone.
- There is no difference in principle to sit in a car and to be in a mall and have a smartphone with them, says Jochem Heizmann to the AP.
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