Your #1 source for auto industry news and content


Tesla faces a class action lawsuit over alleged privacy invasion

According to the complaint, members of the potential class action would have just purchased or leased a Tesla vehicle.

A California Tesla owner filed a prospective class action lawsuit against the EV manufacturer, accusing it of violating its customers’ privacy.

On April 6, 2023, the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California revealed that groups of Tesla employees occasionally communicated extremely intrusive videos and photos taken by customers’ car cameras between 2019 and 2022 over an internal messaging system.

Henry Yeh, a resident of San Francisco and owner of a Model Y, filed the case. Which he claims that Teslas personnel had access to the pictures and videos for their “tasteless and tortious entertainment” and “the humiliation of those secretly recorded.”

Jack Fitzgerald, an attorney for Yeh, said: “As anyone would be, Mr. Yeh is outraged. Especially, at the idea that Tesla’s cameras can be used to violate his family’s privacy. Which the California Constitution strictly protects.” He adds, “Tesla should be held accountable for these intrusions and for misleading him and other Tesla owners about its inadequate privacy standards.”

According to the complaint, members of the potential class action would have just purchased or leased a Tesla vehicle. Meanwhile, the action of the Tesla employees has been deemed as “particularly heinous” and “highly offensive.” 

On the other hand, A former worker noted that some of Tesla’s employees claimed to have observed customers “doing laundry and really intimate things.” Adding, “We could see their children.” Which, the complaint stated one of the most fundamental liberty rights that society recognizes is parents’ interest in their children’s privacy.

Ultimately, the lawsuit requests the court “recover actual and punitive damages” and “urge Tesla from engaging in its wrongful behavior, including violating the privacy of customers and others.”

Stay up to date on exclusive content from CBT News by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our free newsletter to receive all the latest news, insight and trends impacting the automotive industry.

CBT News is part of the JBF Business Media family.

Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

Related Articles


Latest Articles

From our Publishing Partners