Submitted by SteveWin1 on June 27, 2020
I just wanted to see how many of you are sharing your cabin footage with Tesla? I've agreed to share everything else, but I have to admit that I'm a little hesitant here.
The agreement says the footage will be captured just before a collisions and will not be associated with your VIN. I find it a little strange that they specifically say that it won't be associated with the "VIN." They could have just said it will be completely anonymized and will not be connected with you in any way, but they singled out the VIN. So is the footage still linked to my account? My name? The address saved in homelink? The cell phone that was connected to the car at the time? It seems like there would be a pretty strong incentive for them to link the footage with drivers somehow, since it could provide proof that a driver in a high-profile crash wasn't paying attention like they are instructed to when using autopilot and that footage could potentially protect Tesla from a lawsuit or damage to their brand.
I think most accidents probably occur while both parties are not paying attention. So, there's a fairly good chance that any accident that you get into will be while you're yelling at your kids in the back seat or glancing down at your phone (yes, you shouldn't do any of these things, but people still do). If the other party's lawyer realizes there's a camera in your car and they subpoena Tesla for the footage, if its not really fully anonymized, that could come back to bite you.