back to article Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

Uber and America's trade watchdog have reached a settlement following claims the taxi app maker lied about the extent to which its staff can mine customers' personal info for fun. The Federal Trade Commission's formal complaint [PDF] against the troubled San Francisco biz slammed the upstart's God View – a program that …

  1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    And now we're supposed to think we're safe?

    Sure, they're evil but what did you expect? And now they are going to be good boys, but you know that the information is there for any official request (or hack).

    1. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

      Re: And now we're supposed to think we're safe?

      But they're promised and even said they'd hand over their pocket change of they're caught doing it again

      1. Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

        Re: And now we're supposed to think we're safe?

        hand over their pocket change

        It is an offence to mishandle one persons data so Uber were in 2014 guilty of over 100,000 individual offences. The fine for a repeat could be $40.6 billion.

        1. samzeman

          Re: And now we're supposed to think we're safe?

          God, I wish that were true. You could take your pick of underfunded infrastructure in the US and fix it.

          Or just give it to the military.

    2. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      Re: And now we're supposed to think we're safe?

      Yeah - they've promised that they won't get caught doing it again..

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Uber has a strict policy.."

    The only strict policy Uber has to is to screw everyone everywhere for as much as it can.

    The rest is at the whim of the manager confronted with the decision to be ethical or not and, as we know, ethics is not even sweeping the floor in Uber offices.

  3. CarriePalmer

    The Uber's privacy limitation would definitely be a warning for all companies. The way current data is accessed and its usage policies should be reviewed by all companies.

  4. fajensen Silver badge
    Coat

    Easy to agree to...

    Because Uber won't be around for 20 years, maybe the remaining VC money will manage to make the desiccated zombie-business corpse twitch for another 2 years!

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