A Tesla owner from California filed a class action lawsuit against the carmaker on Friday for allegedly breaching customer privacy. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California following a Reuters report revealing that groups of Tesla employees privately shared customers’ car camera recordings, some of which were highly invasive, through an internal messaging system from 2019 to 2022.
Henry Yeh, a resident of San Francisco who owns a Tesla Model Y, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Tesla employees accessed his images and videos for their own “offensive and wrongful entertainment” and to cause “embarrassment to those who were secretly recorded.” Yeh’s attorney, Jack Fitzgerald, stated that Yeh was rightfully angered by the possibility that Tesla’s cameras could be used to breach his family’s privacy, which is diligently safeguarded by the California Constitution.
Fitzgerald insisted that Tesla should take responsibility for the intrusions and for misleading him and other Tesla owners about their weak privacy protocols. Reuters attempted to contact Tesla for comment but received no response. The lawsuit claims that Tesla’s actions are especially heinous and extremely disrespectful.
Yeh is lodging a complaint against Tesla on his own behalf, as well as for other individuals who are in a similar situation and the public in general. The complaint is aimed at creating a class of individuals who have either owned or leased a Tesla in the last four years. According to a previous employee, some Tesla workers had access to customer’s private activities, such as laundry and intimate moments, and even their children. This was reported by Reuters.
The lawsuit asserts that the protection of children’s privacy is a crucial aspect of individual freedom that is acknowledged by society. It demands that Tesla be prevented from engaging in unlawful conduct, such as breaching the privacy of customers and others, and seeks compensation for both actual and punitive damages.