Chinese electric cars would collect drivers’ personal information to send it to Beijing. The accusation made by the United States is serious, in a context of tensions between the two countries… to the point of relaunching a technological war, the day after that on semiconductors?
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Tensions between China and the United States are at their peak. Latest: US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo took advantage of a meeting organized by the Atlantic Council on Tuesday to warn of the threat posed by Chinese electric vehicles to national security.
She notably accused Chinese manufacturers of massively collecting data on drivers before sending them to Beijing, reports our colleagues at Bloomberg. Claims based on the significant amount of information generated by electric and autonomous vehicles, and which raise concerns about the destination of this sensitive data.
A technological war about to break out?
These statements come in the wake of the Sino-American semiconductor trade war, in a context where the Biden administration wishes to emphasize national security by legislating on the collection and processing of data by powers foreign.
In line with the policy of Donald Trump – the former American president was the first to impose customs duties on China – the American government is working in particular on trade restriction measures against China, including additional tariffs on Chinese imports of electric vehicles.
However, the famous semiconductors are not left aside, since Gina Raimondo also wishes to limit their import, emphasizing the need to protect advanced technologies developed by American companies… and the very tough competition represented by China in the sectors key technologies.
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