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

China’s government has spent the last few years pressuring automakers and citizens to adopt hybrid and electric vehicles to cut into the country’s pollution levels. But many of these so-called “new energy vehicles” have also been tracking the location of drivers, and a number of government officials and entities have had access to this data, according to a sweeping new report from The Associated Press.

More than 200 manufacturers (both national and foreign) transmit the data to “government-backed monitoring centers,” according to the report, including one called “The Shanghai Electric Vehicle Public Data Collecting, Monitoring and Research Center” and another known as the “National Big Data Alliance of New Energy Vehicles.”

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