May 282015
 May 28, 2015  Breaches, Business

Eric Newcomer reports:

Uber Technologies Inc.’s new privacy policy released Thursday is shorter, easier to read and more expansive than before.

The car booking company now more clearly tells its customers it can pretty much track everything they do while using the Uber app, after facing criticism over privacy, especially its use of a tool called God View enabling the company to know where its riders were at any given moment.

Uber last November hired the law firm Hogan Lovells to respond to the criticism and conduct a review of the privacy policies. The law firm advised Uber to improve disclosures, training and employee accountability. But the law firm concluded that Uber didn’t need to improve how it handled sensitive rider information within the company, a central concern of critics, Harriet Pearson, a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, said in an interview.

Well, right… they’re lawyers for the business, not consumers. So it’s good enough just to be more transparent and screw rider privacy, it seems.

Read more on Bloomberg.

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