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Tesla Is Being Sued In A Class Action For Alleged Privacy Violations

Tesla Is Being Sued In A Class Action For Alleged Privacy Violations
A California Tesla owner filed a potential class action lawsuit against the electric vehicle manufacturer on Friday, accusing it of violating its clients' privacy.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after Reuters revealed on Thursday that groups of Tesla staff members occasionally shared extremely intrusive videos and images taken by customers' car cameras through an internal messaging system between 2019 and 2022.
Henry Yeh, a resident of San Francisco and owner of a Model Y from Tesla, filed the case, in which he claims that Tesla personnel had access to the pictures and videos for their "tasteless and tortious entertainment" and "the humiliation of those surreptitiously recorded."
"Like anyone would be, Mr Yeh was outraged at the idea that Tesla's cameras can be used to violate his family's privacy, which the California Constitution scrupulously protects," Jack Fitzgerald, an attorney representing Yeh, said in a statement to Reuters.
"Tesla needs to be held accountable for these invasions and for misrepresenting its lax privacy practices to him and other Tesla owners," Fitzgerald said.
There were no comments on the issue from Tesla.
Tesla's actions were described as "particularly egregious" and "highly offensive" in the lawsuit.
On behalf of himself, other members of the same class who are in a similar situation, and the broader public, Yeh was claimed to be bringing the lawsuit against Tesla. According to the complaint, members of the potential class would have just purchased or leased a Tesla. Some Tesla staff members, according to Reuters, might witness clients "doing laundry and really intimate things." We could see their children," said a former worker.
"Indeed, parents’ interest in their children’s privacy is one of the most fundamental liberty interests society recognizes," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit requests that the court "recover actual and punitive damages" and "enjoin Tesla from engaging in its wrongful behavior, including violating the privacy of customers and others."

Christopher J. Mitchell

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