Tesla has been criticised by an Australian federal court docket choose for searching for a “draconian” order for an arrest warrant towards a person who allegedly posted confidential inside paperwork from the electrical automotive maker on social media websites in defiance of a court docket order.
Keith “Keef” Leech was ordered by the court docket on 8 January to delete all information he held of any paperwork obtained from the Tesla whistleblower Lukasz Krupski associated to Tesla automobiles.
Krupski final yr leaked information from the corporate claiming the expertise behind Tesla’s self-driving automobiles isn’t secure sufficient to permit the automobiles to be pushed on public roads. The leaked materials included buyer complaints about Tesla’s braking and self-driving software program.
Leech allegedly obtained a replica of the leaked paperwork, uploaded them to cloud companies, and posted hyperlinks to the paperwork on social media.
The order stated Leech was restricted from publishing every other Tesla technical studies, buyer complaints, car restore paperwork, assembly notes, and product testing, evaluation and design documentation.
Nonetheless, in an interlocutory listening to on Friday, Tesla sought an arrest warrant to be issued towards Leech after he allegedly posted hyperlinks to the paperwork on the social media web site Threads, Meta’s reply to X.
Justice Jonathan Seaside stated whereas Tesla had a prima facie case towards Leech for contempt of court docket, it was unrealistic to hunt an pressing contempt of court docket case towards him.
“I’m undecided you’re entitled to an arrest warrant,” Seaside stated. “What you might be asking for is unrealistic.”
Counsel performing for Tesla stated the corporate was “gravely involved” Leech would proceed to defy the order.
Seaside stated the corporate had apparent treatments, together with requesting that Meta and Google and the opposite platforms proceed to take away the posts of the paperwork.
Tesla’s counsel stated the corporate had approached Meta searching for to have Leech’s account eliminated, however had discovered the corporate would solely take away particular person posts quite than the account itself.
Tesla’s counsel stated the corporate needed to “in impact play whack-a-mole” as new posts may seem on quite a lot of totally different social media platforms within the meantime.
Seaside questioned what authority he needed to take the “draconian step” of issuing an arrest warrant for Leech, and stated the common course of for a contempt of court docket felony proceedings ought to be adopted.
The injunction was prolonged for an extra 28 days.
German newspaper Handelsblatt printed the “Tesla Information” based mostly on 100GB and greater than 23,000 paperwork of inside information Krupski shared. The identify is much like the “Twitter information” reporting ensuing from inside Twitter paperwork being leaked to reporters pleasant with Twitter’s new proprietor, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in 2022.
The newspaper reported the Tesla Information paperwork included Musk’s social safety quantity.
Meta declined to touch upon the matter.