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The next target for China’s cybersecurity crackdown will be the pools of data collected by the latest generation of cars. This approach risks Beijing shooting itself in the foot, and jeopardizing its ambitious plans to lead the global race for electric and autonomous vehicles.

China wants to have control over the information cars have about their drivers, the roads they traverse and the faces and voices they pass, according to a draft law on data-security management for the automotive industry first issued in May. It seeks to ensure manufacturers across the auto supply chain keep data in the country and pass a government security evaluation if it’s sent overseas.

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