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Volkswagen to Ensure Compliance With China Data Privacy Rules

  • Tech crackdown risks catching automakers in self-driving push
  • VW maintains top spot in China with 16% first-half sales rise
Inside the Shanghai Auto Show
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG will ensure it is fully compliant with China’s “tough” new rules around data protection, which has ensnared companies from ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc. to Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Automakers are at risk of being caught up in China’s data-security crackdown because electric and self-driving cars generate a treasure-trove of data including information about popular destinations and the routes taken to get there. Already, Tesla Inc. cars have been banned from military sites because of concerns their in-built cameras can collect sensitive data.