USA: Lawsuit against Uber over age discrimination & whistleblowing raises claims of use of data to track users

Author: Jason Abbruzzese, Mashable, Published on: 15 December 2016

"Uber's privacy problem is back — and this time Beyonce is involved", 12 Dec 2016

Uber's troublesome history with customer privacy issues took another hit on Monday, in the form of a lawsuit over allegations that Uber's employees spied on celebrities and former romantic partners. Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic investigator for Uber, is suing the company for wrongful termination, age discrimination and defamation, according to court documents...Spangenberg alleges that sensitive information collected by Uber was widely available to employees, who then used it to "track high profile politiciains, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses." He also alleges that driver information was also freely available to Uber employees...An Uber spokesperson said that Spangenberg's claims are "absolutely untrue" and that the company had built a system of administrative controls that limited who could see user data. The Center of Investigative Reporting also spoke with other former Uber security professionals that echoed Spangenberg's concern...Uber's reputation for privacy is less-than-stellar. The company's previously been under fire in 2014 for its "God View,"...More recently, Uber introduced a change that requires users to allow the company to track their locations even when not using the app...

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