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Reviews Tesla: cameras should soon also send surveillance images to smartphones

19:55  30 november  2020
19:55  30 november  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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vehicles from Tesla should soon be able to transfer images from the built-in cameras to smartphones. This is questionable from a data protection point of view.

Tesla Model 3. © Tesla Tesla Model 3.

Tesla apparently wants to expand the optionally activated guard mode. That comes from a report by Electrek . Apparently, a future update will make it possible to stream videos from the camera system of a parked Tesla directly to your own smartphone. The function could be rolled out around Christmas with the update to version 11 of the vehicle software.

Up to now, the guard mode only saved the recordings in the activated state on a USB stick attached to the vehicle. Originally, the stick had to be removed from the car for evaluation and then connected to a computer or other suitable playback device. Since this year, however, it is also possible to view the footage recorded by the guard mode directly in the car.

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How Tesla's Guard Mode works

Tesla is promoting Guard Mode as a feature that can record “suspicious activity” around the parked car. The software saves the recordings of the camera continuously on the storage medium attached via USB. The recording time is 60 minutes. If this time is exceeded, the material that has already been recorded is gradually overwritten.

If someone comes too close to the vehicle, the next level of guard mode is activated. This is triggered, for example, when someone leans against the car. Then a message appears on the car's touchscreen that the Tesla's cameras are recording their surroundings.

The last stage is activated when the car is actually damaged. Then the alarm system is activated and the car owner is informed of a possible theft via SMS. With the last two levels, the last ten minutes that occurred before the activation of the respective warning level are saved separately. In addition, these records are sent to Tesla.

Tesla posts record results

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data protection officers warn of Tesla's guard mode

As early as 2019, the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision declared in its activity report that the authority had already received several data protection complaints about the guard mode. The authority sees a possible impairment of personal rights due to the video surveillance of publicly accessible areas without cause.

The authority had announced in 2019 that the guard function would be subjected to a detailed examination. However, a result is still pending. A report by the data protection expert network came to the conclusion in October 2020 that the guard mode violates Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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