Tesla (TSLA) Car Cameras Not Activated in China or Outside North America

The Tesla gigafactory in Shanghai. Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images…

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

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Cameras that are built into Tesla Inc.’s cars aren’t activated outside of North America, the electric carmaker’s Beijing unit said in a statement on Weibo Wednesday.

Even in the U.S., vehicle owners are able to choose freely whether or not they want to turn on their cameras, Tesla said, noting that it has a world-leading network security system to protect users’ privacy.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was forced to defend the company’s position on cameras last month after Bloomberg reported that its cars have been banned from Chinese military complexes and housing compounds because of concerns about sensitive data being collected by cameras built into the vehicles.