Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

But after Uber filed suit against Phunware, alleging the software company committed fraud by among other things, allowing ads for the ride-sharing app to show up on porn sites, former employees said the startup looked for new ways to diversify its revenue stream.

Ex-Uber chief security officer charged, accused of covering up theft of personal info from databases by hackers

Ex-Uber chief security officer charged, accused of covering up theft of personal info from databases by hackers

As Uber's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan broke the law by hushing up the theft of millions of people's details from the app maker's databases by hackers, prosecutors say.

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

To understand this power and its implications, consider Uber, whose service was designed to manipulate both buyer and seller using personalized price discrimination, as the company has admitted.

Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers

Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers

But assuming the court rules that algorithmic management must follow the GDPR, with specific privacy safeguards, then many other companies in the EU that use or are considering using office surveillance systems may find that they can do so only in circumscribed ways.

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Understanding the data and how it is used by the algorithms is the first step in addressing the asymmetric power between gig economy workers and tech giants like Uber, according to Farrar.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber has plans to ensure its passengers feel safe when using the service by introducing an audio-recording safety feature to all rides.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

The ride-hailing company said the number of law enforcement demands for user data during 2018 are up 27% on the year earlier, according to its annual transparency report published Wednesday.

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image, and eventually it hopes to launch the feature into other markets including the United States.

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail

The beginning of wisdom in this matter is to realise that Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Uber et al are just very large corporations that do what corporations have done from time immemorial – exploit resources in order to generate profit.

New Protest Tactics in Hong Kong

New Protest Tactics in Hong Kong

A banner used by a Hong Kong protester.Hong Kong protesters turn to Uber and Pokemon.In late July, Hong Kong protesters returning from a demonstration were attacked by a group of men wearing white shirts.

Apple Gave Uber Access to a Secret Feature that Could Allow it to Record Your Screen

Apple Gave Uber Access to a Secret Feature that Could Allow it to Record Your Screen

It’s called an “entitlement,” and nearly all iPhone apps have some version of one—it’s the feature that enables things like your camera and Apple Pay. But Business Insider notes that there are some sensitive entitlements that are only for use by Apple—and one of these appeared in the code for Uber’s app.

Can You Trust A Company In 2019?

Can You Trust A Company In 2019?

What's not obvious is that trust relies on social signaling, so even though Susan Fowler, who became the voice of Uber's workers speaking up against hostile working conditions, is a white woman, her unjust treatment provided a valuable and credible way of judging the trustworthiness of the organization even for people who were seeking a different core promise from the company.

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

Why Uber Is Fighting Cities Over Data About Scooter Trips

To operate in Los Angeles, a city whose placid weather and flat-ish streets make an appealing market for scooter and bike companies, the firms had to agree to share data with LA’s Department of Transportation through MDS.

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

That said, Lyft did set up an anonymous tip line for complaints about employees misusing data after its investigation in 2018.The ride-hailing service's new security measures are similar to Uber's, which also issues warnings on employees' dashboard tools and trains staff on the proper ways to access user data.

Cities Can See Where You’re Taking That Scooter

Cities Can See Where You’re Taking That Scooter

Historically, cities do not receive information at this level of specificity for origins, destinations, and routes of individual trips; ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber have insisted on aggregating data before sharing it, if they do so at all.

UK Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

UK Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

Four U.K. Uber drivers are filing a lawsuit against the company for alleged violations of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, according to a report by.

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber developed spyware code-named Surfcam in its Sydney office in 2015Surfcam scraped data on competitors' cars to allow Uber to poach driversUber used Surfcam to steal drivers from start-up GoCatch The spyware program, code-named Surfcam, was deployed against Australian start-up rideshare company GoCatch, which was backed by high-profile investors including billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull.

In America, your digital freedoms are what the tech companies say they are.

In America, your digital freedoms are what the tech companies say they are.

If you had done that in New York, as an American citizen, you’ve given no fewer than five organizations (the hotel, Uber, the theater, the concession vendor, and the credit card company) your private information.

Apple admits giving governments access to thousands of iPhones and other devices

Apple admits giving governments access to thousands of iPhones and other devices

At this biennial event, the participating companies exhibit their latest service robotic technologies and components 42/42 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight 1/42 5G wireless internet is expected to launch in 2019, with the potential to reach speeds of 50mb/s 2/42 Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona.

France next up behind Britain, Netherlands to pummel Uber with €400k fine over 2016 breach

France next up behind Britain, Netherlands to pummel Uber with €400k fine over 2016 breach

The attackers stole login credentials for Uber's AWS S3 data stores from the firm's GitHub code repo in order to make off with info on customers' and drivers' email addresses, names, city and phone numbers. The French data watchdog CNIL said that the attack wouldn't have succeeded if the firm had put "basic security measures" in place.

The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies

The FTC’s top consumer protection official can’t go after Facebook — or 100 other companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s top consumer protection official is prohibited from handling the cases involving 120 different companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Uber, according to financial disclosure documents published by Public Citizen today.

This Week in Data Breaches: Amazon, Uber, USPS, and More

This Week in Data Breaches: Amazon, Uber, USPS, and More

Bloom: Take Back Control of Your Data At Bloom, we are giving you the tools to take back control of your data. Bloom enables you to own, authorize the use of, and protect your data using the latest advancements in blockchain technology. More on Privacy and Data Security from Bloom

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) just announced it’s imposing a €600,000 fine on Uber and its Dutch subsidiary Uber B.V. for violating Dutch data breach regulation in 2016.

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Uber’s European operation has been fined £385,000 for a data breach that affected almost 3 million British users, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.

Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

It finds that for under $50, criminals can sell a person's complete digital life on the dark web, including data from breached social media accounts; banking details; remote access to servers or desktops; data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify; and accounts for gaming websites, dating apps and porn websites, which might include credit card information.

Free and open source Uber/Lyft alternative.

Free and open source Uber/Lyft alternative.

Free of charge We do not take any money for using the service. App is free for drivers and passengers. Cash only No credit cards. Drivers get paid directly with cash. BitCoin integration is on the way!

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

Uber, Google, Facebook: Your experiments have gone too far

According to the article, there were "more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious." In an email statement Tuesday, provided after Ars Technica declined Google/Waymo's request to talk off the record, the company's spokesperson Johnny Luu wrote: "As to the report itself, we disagree with The New Yorker's characterization of the events dubbed 'Prius vs Camry.'"

Interview: Searx, the web search engine that respects your privacy

Interview: Searx, the web search engine that respects your privacy

We spoke to Adam Tauber, main developer of the free software search engine Searx. netzpolitik.org: What makes Searx different from other privacy-focused (meta)search engines like DuckDuckGo or Startpage? netzpolitik.org: And MetaGer, another meta-search engine focused on privacy, based in Germany?

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