Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars

Staffers at the data monitoring centers are able to look at a map, click on a car, and see things like make and model, mileage, and battery charge, according to the AP report.

Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) told The Verge that the company shares this data with the government because it is mandated, but that customers are “comprehensively informed” on how it is used. Volkswagen offered a similar explanation but added that customers have to agree to the data-sharing agreement. A representative for NIO, which is an EV startup based in China, said the company complies “with the local rules and regulations of the markets we are doing business in.” Ford declined to comment. Representatives for Nissan, BMW, and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.

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