Tesla vehicles have become increasingly popular for their sophisticated camera systems and other features. However, a recent lawsuit filed in federal court by Henry Yeh of San Francisco is claiming that Tesla has allowed its employees to view, share, and circulate recordings of Tesla customers in private and embarrassing situations, without their consent.
The suit cites examples of Tesla workers sharing images of people’s pets, making them into “memes” before posting them in group chats, and even a video of a Tesla hitting a child on a bicycle that quickly spread at a Tesla office in Silicon Valley. The lawsuit maintains that cameras in vehicles captured “highly-invasive videos and images” which were used for “the tasteless and tortious entertainment” of Tesla employees. It is alleged that this activity dates back as early as 2019.
The lawsuit seeks to put an end to this practice, ordering Tesla to stop the “wrongful behavior” and pay unspecified damages. It accuses Tesla of negligence, fraud, and privacy invasion. Tesla has not yet responded to the request for comment.
It is clear that Henry Yeh’s lawsuit is a serious accusation and that Tesla should take all necessary steps to ensure the privacy and safety of their customers and their vehicles. The misuse of images and videos acquired by Tesla vehicles is an egregious violation of customers’ rights and should not be tolerated.
• Tesla customers have had videos and images taken of them without their consent
• Tesla employees have shared images of people’s pets and circulated videos of Tesla customers in private and embarrassing situations
• A lawsuit has been filed accusing Tesla of negligence, fraud, and privacy invasion
• The suit seeks to put an end to this practice and orders Tesla to pay unspecified damages
• Tesla should take necessary steps to ensure customer privacy and safety