Why is it important: In the three years since Tesla’s electric vehicles began recording their surroundings while parked, they have proven effective as a safety measure and a legal tool. However, they have also raised the issue of surveillance with some, including at least one major police department.

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Tesla electric vehicles record 360-degree video of external activity whenever threats are detected, as the company introduced watchdog mode in 2019. Since last fall, premium subscribers can live from cameras. These cameras reportedly captured people damaging vehicles and one person who inexplicably disabled someone’s Tesla from the charging station.

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Lawyer Daniel Meyer He speaks that Tesla cameras are legally the same as doorbell cameras—their recordings are admissible in court. They can also be just as controversial.

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Doorbell cameras have been both useful and controversial. They have helped solve crimes, but some, including politicians, concerned they may record too much personal activity. Others fear they might become policemen. observation tool. Tesla cameras can create the same problems in every parking lot.

That’s why the Berlin police are trying regulate having a Tesla near a police station or other police property where recording devices are already banned.

An internal police fact sheet raised concerns that cameras on Tesla and other vehicles pose a security risk, in part because video from Tesla in Europe is being sent to Dutch servers controlled by Tesla. Police allege that Tesla permanently stores and then processes surveillance video in the Netherlands, but the company has never confirmed this.