Uber has a snooping problem. The ride share app is hot water for a controversial new scandal. According to the New York Post, Uber employees have used its data to track riders, including celebrities like Beyonce, for years.
This digital stalking news was broken by the company's former in-house forensic investigator Ward Spangenberg per Reveal News. “Uber’s lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high-profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and ex-spouses,” he said in a court declaration from October. Spangenberg objected to what he deemed were the company’s “reckless and illegal practices” and Uber fired him. The 45-year-old security expert is currently suing the company for age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation.
Although Uber claimed two years ago that customer surveillance without consent wasn't happening, others echo the same culture. “When I was at the company, you could stalk an ex or look up anyone’s ride with the flimsiest of justifications,” Michael Sierchio, aformer senior security engineer at Uber, shared. “It didn’t require anyone’s approval.”
Eeks. Something to think about before your next ride.
[Photo: Getty Images]