31 August 2017

Reuters: “Uber to end post-trip tracking of riders as part of privacy push”

Uber Technologies Inc is pulling a heavily criticized feature from its app that allowed it to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip, its security chief told Reuters, as the ride-services company tries to fix its poor reputation for customer privacy.

The change, which restores users’ ability to share location data only while using the app, is expected to be announced on Tuesday and rolled out to Apple Inc iPhone users starting this week. It comes as Uber tries to recover from a series of crises culminating in the ouster of Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and other top executives.

Dustin Volz

I’m sure this has nothing to do with the FTC-imposed privacy audits – for the next 20 years no less – or with how iOS 11 will prevent apps from constantly accessing users’ location data, effectively negating this Uber “feature”. No connection whatsoever. 😏

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