Police Tape Over Uber Sign

DOJ Reveals Criminal Investigation into Uber “Fraud and Theft”

The battle for supremacy in self-driving cars between Alphabet’s Waymo and Uber has been playing out in Judge William Alsup’s San Francisco courtroom.  Waymo alleges Uber stole its trade secrets by hiring its longtime engineer Anthony Levandowski who had secretly downloaded 9.7 GB in proprietary files before leaving Waymo (Waymo v. Uber, Case No. 17-CV-0939-WA, N.D. Cal.). …

Travis Kalanick in a Line Up

Uber’s Year of Reckoning

2017 has been a year of upheaval and reckoning for the “Sharing Economy’s” greatest disruptor and biggest badboy – Uber. Q1 Uber began the year with a $20 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commision to resolve charges that it misled prospective drivers with exaggerated earning claims and claims about financing through its Vehicle Solutions…

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Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

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Quoted by E-Commerce Times on Uber

Chastened Uber CEO Takes Leave of Absence to Work on Self-Improvement In an article on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s decision to take a leave of absence from the firm, I was asked to comment on this latest development in the Uber dumpster fire. “Until I worked at a startup, I never understood the maxim that…

Uber Reeling From Privacy Scandal

Uber Reeling From Privacy Scandal Part 1: The Uber Dark Side San Francisco based Uber has been the poster-child of the sharing economy.  In five years it has grown to service  200 cities in 45 countries and the privately-held Uber has a valuation of $18.2 billion. As Uber has grown, so have negative news reports questioning its practices…