Uber Shares Data With Police In The United Kingdom
Uber won a legal case in the United Kingdom which now allows it to operate throughout the country. In past years, the city of London banned the ride-sharing app twice. But now, after a major legal win, the company will operate throughout London. Though some London officials aren’t pleased, it seems that the UK’s police are thrilled.
Uber shares valuable user data with police, the UK’s counterterrorism department, and other government wings.
According to the report, the police believe this helps capture sex traffickers. But it’s difficult to deny the potential for vast abuses. Anytime government agencies can freely access our private information, we should all be concerned.
Thead of the App Drivers & Couriers Union, James Farrar, said: “The rideshare giant is particularly vulnerable to undue pressure from police and regulatory authorities to compromise the personal data protection rights of their drivers, couriers, and passengers.”
He also said that sharing such data is “disproportionate, unjustified, and a threat to the civil liberties of drivers, couriers, and customers.”
Data sharing between big companies and governments is a growing problem. Many companies have alliances such as surveillance alliances which are used to share our data between participating countries.
Author: Jim Satney
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