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Tesla builds Chinese data center as cyber crackdown looms

EV maker prepares for anticipated ban on overseas transfer of road data

Tesla sedans at a showroom in Shanghai: The electric vehicle maker nearly quadrupled sales in China for the first quarter.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Tesla has built a new data storage center in mainland China, the American electric vehicle maker said Tuesday, a move made in response to Beijing's forthcoming rules preventing overseas transfers of sensitive information.

The company will expand the center in phases so that the site stores all data generated by its vehicles sold on the Chinese mainland, according to Tesla's release on microblogging platform Weibo.

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