AP looks at massive data breach at Tesla

AP looks at massive data breach at Tesla

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) may investigate a data breach at Tesla. As much as 100 gigabytes of data were sent to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt via a whistleblower. Because Tesla’s European headquarters are in Amsterdam, it makes sense that not the German but the Dutch privacy watchdog is investigating the leak.

According to Handelsblatt Tesla has now notified the AP of the data leak, but the AP is not reporting whether an investigation is warranted. The fact that the German privacy watchdog is also involved in the incident is related to the fact that Tesla’s European factory is located in Brandenburg.

Among the leaked files are nearly 1,400 PDF documents, more than a thousand Excel tables and more than 213 Powerpoint presentations, reports the newspaper. They contain more than 100,000 names and other personal information of past and present Tesla employees. It also includes social security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, salary data, customer bank details and confidential information about the production process. It will also have customer complaints, including about 4,000 about sudden acceleration or braking.


If the reported data breach is true, it is a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In addition, the AP may impose a fine of up to four percent of Tesla’s annual sales. That could be more than three billion euros.

Last April, it was revealed that between 2019 and 2022, Tesla employees shared videos and photos recorded by customers’ car cameras.