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Uber Ends Its Controversial Post-Ride Tracking Of Users’ Location

Uber says it will once some-more yield users a choice to give a focus plcae information usually sometimes. Above, a pointer outlines an Uber pickup indicate during LaGuardia Airport in New York in March.

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Uber says it will once some-more yield users a choice to give a focus plcae information usually sometimes. Above, a pointer outlines an Uber pickup indicate during LaGuardia Airport in New York in March.

Seth Wenig/AP

Uber says it has finished a tracking of users after they finish their rides – a use that caused evident regard when a association combined it in November.

A mouthpiece for Uber tells NPR that users will now have a choice to share their plcae with a association usually while regulating a app. That environment had been accessible before November’s change.

“Uber’s latest refurbish allows a ride-hailing app to lane user plcae information even when a focus is regulating in a background,” NPR’s Laura Roman reported during a time. “Previously, Uber usually collected information from a user if a supplement had a focus open. Now, if a supplement calls for an Uber and closes a app, Uber says it will continue to collect plcae information adult until 5 mins after a float ends. That means Uber can see where we finish adult after we leave a car.”

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Uber arch confidence officer Joe Sullivan told Reuters a remoteness change was separate to a company’s fixing a new CEO progressing this week.

“We’ve been building by a misunderstanding and hurdles since we already had a mandate,” Sullivan told a news service.

After Uber altered a remoteness options in November, users were forced into all-or-nothing plcae permissions: If a user did not assent a app to “always” lane their locations, they were forced to name “never” – that meant carrying to form out one’s stream plcae each time one hailed a ride. (A teenager bummer, though still inconvenient, given a accessible geolocation sensors baked into smartphones.)

Allowing Uber to always lane one’s plcae didn’t seem good either, given that this was a same association that announced in 2012 it had scoured user information and calculated a superiority of one-night stands.

Why accurately did Uber need to know where riders went after they got out of a car? Uber pronounced it used a information to “to urge pickups, drop-offs, patron service, and to raise safety.”

Privacy concerns about Uber have been a constant, and a Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a censure opposite a association in Jun 2015.

It turns out that Uber was tracking users in other ways as well, regulating a technique famous as fingerprinting. The New York Times reported in Apr that a association was “secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after a app had been deleted and a inclination erased,” in defilement of Apple’s remoteness guidelines.

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Two weeks ago, Uber entered into a agree agreement with a Federal Trade Commission, to settle FTC charges that a association “deceived consumers by unwell to guard worker entrance to consumer personal information and by unwell to pretty secure supportive consumer information stored in a cloud.”

Under a agreement, Uber is compulsory to exercise a extensive remoteness module that addresses remoteness risks associated to a products and services. It’s also barred from misrepresenting how it monitors inner entrance to customers’ personal information, or how it protects and secures that data. And a remoteness module contingency be audited by a third celebration — each dual years for a subsequent 20 years.

Post-trip plcae collection is already infirm for iPhones and Android, Uber says, and a new remoteness settings will seem on iPhones over a subsequent few weeks.

“We’re operative by a mechanics for Android now,” Melanie Ensign of Uber’s Security and Privacy Communications wrote in an email to NPR, “but we’re committed to relation for transparency, remoteness choice opposite both platforms.”