Tesla has revealed that the Tesla Files case affects more than 75,000 customers. The manufacturer attacks two ex-employees for having revealed the data of thousands of people.
The Tesla Files affair shook Elon Musk’s firm last May. A report by German publication Handelsblatt revealed that 100 GB of data had leaked.
This data included the contact details of thousands of customers, which were publicly available. In addition, there were many complaints in these files against the Autopilot’s phantom braking, ignored by the brand.
A memo from the Maine attorney general clarified the extent of the leak. We learn in particular in this note that the leaks concerned 75,735 people.
“A foreign media (named Handelsblatt) informed Tesla on May 10, 2023 that it had obtained confidential information from Tesla”can we read in the note.
“The investigation revealed that two former Tesla employees misappropriated the information in violation of Tesla’s information security and data protection policies and disclosed it to the news organization.”
“The outlet said it had no intention of releasing the personal information and in any case was legally prohibited from using it inappropriately. »
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The two ex-employees had confirmed to Handelsblatt the veracity of the information present in the Tesla Files. The German publication also said it had retrieved information about the Cybertruck.
It is therefore against them that the electric car manufacturer will turn. Tesla has thus confirmed that it wants to take them to court. The brand accuses them precisely of being at the origin of the leak, and has revealed that it is working with the justice system on this subject.
“Tesla has also obtained court orders that prohibit former employees from using, accessing or disseminating the data, subject to criminal penalties. Tesla has been cooperating with law enforcement and outside forensic experts and will continue to take appropriate action as needed. »