A California Tesla owner has filed a class action lawsuit against the electric carmaker, accusing it of violating customers’ privacy.
The lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California comes after reports that Tesla employees privately shared invasive videos and images recorded by customers’ car cameras between 2019 and 2022.
Henry Yeh, a San Francisco resident and Model Y owner claims that Tesla employees accessed these images and videos for their “tasteless and tortious entertainment” and to humiliate those recorded without their knowledge.
Yeh’s attorney, Jack Fitzgerald, said in a statement that Tesla needs to be held accountable for the privacy invasion and for misrepresenting its lax privacy practices to Tesla owners.
Tesla has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which describes the company’s conduct as “particularly egregious” and “highly offensive.”
The complaint indicates that the class action would include individuals who owned or leased a Tesla within the past four years.
An unnamed former employee quoted by Reuters news agency claimed that some Tesla employees could see customers “doing laundry and intimate things” and even their children.
The lawsuit demands that the court prevents Tesla from continuing its wrongful behavior, including violating customers’ privacy, and seeks to recover actual and punitive damages.