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China data rules to squeeze overseas development of self-driving tech

Information generated in the country will mostly stay within the country

Tesla vehicles at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound during a meeting between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing in 2019. Tesla has been suspected of suspected of transferring vehicle data from China to the U.S   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's new rules on the handling of automotive data will take effect Oct. 1 and build a barrier against foreign companies from accessing driving records and onboard images, a move that will hamper their own efforts to advance self-driving technology.

Draft rules based on the nation's new slew of legislation governing data, were first published in May, with the implementation date announced Friday. The regulations are aimed at preventing vast amounts of personal data generated in China, the world's largest auto market, from being leaked beyond its borders.

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