Tesla is facing a class action lawsuit after allegations that employees shared private videos internally, including videos of inside garages, owners’ children, and even a video of a naked man approaching a vehicle.
While Tesla has released a detailed look at its data privacy approach, the report suggests that personally identifiable information, including address data, may have been attached to these videos when shared within internal group chats, despite Tesla asserting that most data is anonymized unless associated with a “safety critical event.”
One law firm has responded to the allegations by filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of a Tesla owner in San Francisco. The lawsuit claims that Tesla violated California’s state Constitution, California privacy laws, and its own privacy policies.
It also claims that Tesla misled customers about data privacy. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop Tesla from continuing this behavior and seeks recovery of actual and punitive damages, which are not enumerated except that the number is in excess of $5 million.
The lawsuit claims that there are significant potential costs to Tesla customers related to privacy. For instance, in order to disable the car’s cameras, an owner would need to pay a professional to disable them, thus reducing the paid-for functionality of the car. One former Tesla employee quoted by Insider said that he put tape over his own car’s cameras for a time after seeing how much access to information Tesla had.
Tesla Faces Lawsuit Over Private Video Sharing
The law firm Fitzgerald Joseph LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Tesla following the revelation that employees were sharing private videos internally. The images and videos shared included harmless content, but also included videos of the inside of garages, children of owners, and even a video of a man approaching a vehicle naked.
The lawsuit claims that Tesla violated California’s state Constitution, privacy laws, and its own privacy policies. It also claims that Tesla misled customers about data privacy.
The lawsuit seeks recovery of actual and punitive damages, and the damages sought are in excess of $5 million. However, the law firm does not have access to the evidence in question yet, which will come later during discovery. The lawsuit includes speculation, stating that the videos were “likely” shared externally, although this is not explicitly stated in the report.
A judge must decide whether this is a legitimate class action and whether Fitzgerald Joseph LLP can move forward representing the class.
Tesla faces a class action lawsuit for alleged internal sharing of private videos, including sensitive content like inside garages and owners’ children. Despite Tesla’s data privacy assurances, personal information may have been attached to shared videos. The lawsuit accuses Tesla of privacy violations and seeks damages exceeding $5 million.