Could your Chinese car be spying on you? The US Government thinks it might, and wants to limit the amount of data sent to potentially adversarial nations.
The US Government is poised to introduce a new initiative designed to limit the amount of personal data gathered by cars and other products produced by “countries of concern”.
According to business news outlet Bloomberg, officials are hoping to reduce sensitive data being sent off-shore through smartphone apps, DNA tests, and other methods such as foreign-made cars.
There are currently no all-Chinese brands selling vehicles in the US – however the Lincoln Nautilus, Buick Envision, and Polestar 2 are imported to the US from China, with the Volvo EX30 launching this year.
US intelligence agencies are reportedly worried Chinese authorities are building detailed profiles on government employees and citizens.
The report claims members of US intelligence have also expressed concern China could train artificial intelligence models with the data gathered – creating strategic advantages in business and technology.
While Tesla cars were initially excluded from Chinese military bases, the ban is understood to have been extended to local government buildings, cultural centres, and roads through Chengdu – a city known to develop military technology.