Thursday, January 5, 2017

Uber Accuses NYC Of Snooping On Its Passengers: "They Want Full Details Of Every Trip You Ever Take"

I don't care who you are, David Plouffe, Kalanick, whoever, that accusation, coming from Uber, is funny.

Granted, not as funny as when the lady running Didi Chuxing, Jean Liu, said Travis Kalanick was tiny that Uber's efforts in China were 'cute'. And then when Uber announced a $3.5 billion injection from the Saudis and she said "Oh, we have more than that coming" and then when she announced closing a $7.3 billion fundraising round and then when she ran Uber out of China.

Yeah, not as funny as that but still pretty funny.

From Zerohedge:
One month ago, the highest-valued private company in the world, with a valuation of $68 billion, Uber got in trouble with privacy advocate when it was revealed that the ride-hailing company can now track its passengers' locations after they are dropped off and even when their app has been closed. As revealed in a new update to Uber's app, the global taxi service could collect passenger data up to five minutes after a journey has finished.

On its website Uber said: 'Uber collects your location data from the time of trip request through five minutes after the trip ends, including when the app is in the background.

The firm defended itself by saying that the data will cut down on the frustrating back-and-forth often experienced by customers, as drivers try to ascertain exactly where their passengers are.

And while mobile apps tracking every habit of its users is hardly new, a new twist emerged this morning, when Uber sent out a notification to its users, accusing none other than New York City of demanding that it hand over all its "sensitive" passenger info data, including "where you’re dropped off, as well" in an attempt to "to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take," a move which creates "serious privacy risks."

From the email sent to clients:
Today, New York City requires Uber and other companies to hand over a lot of sensitive personal passenger data, including where you're picked up on every trip. Now, New York City wants more. They're trying to force companies to tell them where you’re dropped off, as well.

In other words, they want to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take. Several independent privacy experts have said this policy creates "serious privacy risks." And that it would give the government "and anyone else who accesses this information a comprehensive, 360-degree view into the movements and habits of individual New Yorkers." Click below to send a clear message that enough is enough...MORE
Dec. 21
"Uber Update Lets You Set a Friend's Location as a Ride Destination"
Well, that makes it both tracking you in real time and accessing your phone's contacts announced this month.
Or, as Gizmodo put it: "Uber's Latest Update Is Even Creepier Than Its Last One"

I have a certain fondness for that locution, see below....
Dec. 2, 2016
Uber Is Now Tracking You After Your Trip