Uber Agrees to Regular Privacy Audits, Adds Business Tools for Companies

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 16, 2017
By Yinxinybyq - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Controversial ride-sharing company Uber has agreed to regular privacy audits as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over what it said was a failure to protect the personal information of both its drivers and customers, according to CNN Money. The issue stemmed from a 2014 incident where an Uber employee was reported to have access to a "God view" mode that let him track a reporter's movements. While the company instituted an automated system to prevent employees from accessing such information from then on, the FTC said that Uber stopped using it less than a year later, failing to honor its privacy and security promises. It is also required to institute a comprehensive privacy program, and to stop misrepresenting how it protects consumers' personal information. 

In a separate matter, the company also announced a new suite of tools for companies that use the ride-sharing app for business purposes, according to Accounting Today. It allows companies to set policies specific to employees, customers and clients regarding things like the types of cars they can use, how much they can spend, how much the company will chip in for rides, when trips take place, and where trips start or end. 

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