Reviewed October 13th, 2020
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Tesla Model S

Tesla, Inc.


The Tesla Model S is an electric-powered car that comes with some self-driving capabilities. The car is available from Tesla's website starting at $65,990.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

January 2020

A former employee admitted to stealing confidential and proprietary data, and said that he was recruiting additional sources inside the company to assist in stealing data. It is uncertain what besides the photos and videos were taken, but Tesla has filed a lawsuit to inspect any electronic devices that the employee may have used.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?


Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?


Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?


Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?


Does it have parental controls?


Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?


Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?


Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?


Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


Does it require an address (home or office) to use?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?


Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Tesla collects personal information such as name, address, phone number, email, payment information, and government identification information. This data is used to improve their services and may be shared with third parties such as business affiliates. However, it does not appear that this information is sold in any way or used to target users with ads, so there is little risk.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Tesla may share your personal information with service providers, Tesla affiliates, and any other third parties with your consent.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Quick acceleration.
  • Higher range than most other electric vehicles.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Highway range is shorter than advertised.
  • Some interior controls are finnicky.

Final Thoughts

Tesla is an electric-powered car that may be the future of the car industry. Tesla does collect your personal information to improve services, but it seems they do not sell or share this information. Therefore, there is little risk there in providing them with your information. However, Tesla has been struggling with employee confidentiality and there has been data breaches of the Tesla car, but no personal information has leaked currently.

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