The Berlin police recently caused a stir with an internal circular. It said that Tesla e-cars are no longer allowed to drive in the areas of the police headquarters and the State Criminal Police Office (LKA). The reason: The vehicles are constantly filming their surroundings, which poses a security and data protection problem. The videos are stored permanently in the Netherlands and could be processed further.
After the great irritation about the news, the police spoke up again – a spokesman said that the police were planning a regulation for all properties, the circular with the title “ban” was only sent out in advance. The ban is therefore not yet effective. In addition, there is currently “no entry ban for certain vehicles”.
“Today’s technical possibilities are very far-reaching and make it necessary to constantly optimize security measures on properties,” said the Berlin police union. And further: “However, it is good that such an incorrect letter is corrected immediately.”
The concern of the police is at least partially justified: Eight cameras are installed in the vehicles of tech billionaire Elon Musk. These permanently draw a 360-degree view of the environment, but are essential for autonomous driving in particular. In addition, they act as a dashcam to understand accidents or help with parking. However: Other automobile manufacturers also use this technology – BMW, for example, installs four cameras in its X4, which also film 360 degrees.