So first Kate Fazzini and Lora Kolodny reported:
If you crash your Tesla, when it goes to the junk yard, it could carry a bunch of your history with it.
That’s because the computers on Tesla vehicles keep everything that drivers have voluntarily stored on their cars, plus tons of other information generated by the vehicles including video, location and navigational data showing exactly what happened leading up to a crash, according to two security researchers.
One researcher, who calls himself GreenTheOnly, describes himself as a “white hat hacker” and a Tesla enthusiast who drives a Model X. He has extracted this kind of data from the computers in a salvaged Tesla Model S, Model X and two Model 3 vehicles, while also making tens of thousands of dollars cashing in on Tesla bug bounties in recent years. He agreed to speak and share data and video with CNBC on the condition of pseudonymity, citing privacy concerns.
And that sounds interesting, so you may want to read the rest of the article on CNBC.
But we’ve known for a while about car “black boxes” and I’ve covered some of the issues about this before. The Tesla situation just seemed like a bit more of the same. Until Matt Blaze gave me pause with this tweet:
Perhaps we’re approaching some sort of privacy singularity where cars will be stolen not for the value of the vehicles themselves, but for the data they contain. https://t.co/MmpU7lQQgJ
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) March 29, 2019
Perhaps we’re approaching some sort of privacy singularity where cars will be stolen not for the value of the vehicles themselves, but for the data they contain.