2 Ex-Tesla Employees Face Legal Action for Customer Data Leak
Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati
Published Aug. 22, 2023
Two former Tesla employees are currently facing a lawsuit filed by the EV maker over the leak of the “Tesla Files” earlier this year. The leaked data reportedly includes information---such as social security numbers and other personal identifying information---of more than 75,000 individuals.
Tesla outlined its response to the issue in an advisory notice published by the Maine Attorney General’s Office. The letter included a background into the issue, as well as the steps the company has taken to address the leak.
As noted by Tesla, it was informed by German media outlet Handelsblatt on May 10 that it had obtained confidential information. Later investigations revealed the leak was from two former Tesla employees.
As part of its response to the data leak, which was reported by the German media outlet as the “Tesla files,” the EV maker said it filed the appropriate legal action against its two former employees. The electronic devices of the two ex-Tesla workers were reportedly seized as well, and the company has obtained court orders that would prevent the former employees from further disseminating the leaked data.
Tesla said it is offering to those affected by the data leak a complimentary membership to Experian’s IdentityWorks, which provides credit monitoring as well as identity detection and resolution services. The company also advised its users to be extremely vigilant against possible phishing attempts, and be extremely thorough with their account statements and credit history.