China, which is the world’s biggest market for electric vehicles (EV), has reportedly barred military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential data security risk posed by the Elon Musk-run electric carmaker, as sensitive data being collected by cameras built into the Tesla vehicles.

Tesla EVs has a total of 8 cameras -- 3 front-facing, 2 side-cameras and 2 side-rear facing cameras under the front fender badges, and one rear-facing camera. These cameras provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range

The order, issued by the Chinese military, advises Tesla owners to park their cars outside of military property, according to people familiar with the directive who asked not to be identified because the information is private. 

The ban, relayed to residents of military housing this week, was triggered by concerns that Tesla electric vehicles is collecting sensitive data via the cars' in-built cameras in a way the Chinese government can’t see or control", one of the people said.

"The Chinese government has informed some of its agencies to ask their employees to stop driving Tesla cars to work," the report mentioned.

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