Close to 12 million of the ride-sharing company's customers were snitched on …
We get it, Uber is really easy to use, the hippest new thing on the block and likely one of the few words you're able to get out after 13 shooters of Fireball are miraculously drank in anticipation of a relaxing Tuesday night. It has its place in society.
But bad media follows these fuckers around like a rusty van with little necessity for windows. First it was (and still is) the company's jacked up price structure that charges people more for a three-block trip than a flight to Vegas in certain instances. Then it was the harassing drivers, trying mercilessly to dip their pens in the companies attractive ink like creeps. Fights with passengers. Claims of contemporary slavery. The fuck is going on with this company?
Now, it's come to light that between July and December of 2015, it forked over private information of close to 12 million customers — one of them likely you if you've ever used the service.
In its first ever transparency report, the ride-sharing service owned up to giving information on trips, trip requests, pickup and drop-off areas, fares, vehicles, and drivers to U.S. regulators and state and federal law agencies.
A substantial portion of the requests from law enforcement had to do with fraud, likely investigating credit card misuse or identify theft.
In its defense, however, Uber claims that it's "committed to protecting the privacy and security of our riders and drivers. With limited exceptions like emergency situations, we require valid and sufficient legal process from official government agencies before we disclose any information about our customers." So, even though it's bound by the law on what they have to give to whom, it appears that it does a fair amount of due-diligence in fighting for customer's privacy — at least a little.
It kind of goes without saying that we live in a world where privacy is a bit of a misnomer. Everything you do, everywhere you go, is logged substantially. And if you're trying to be a Dexter or whatever other kind of nefarious being, shit ain't gonna happen for long. Especially if you take Uber.
Lesson of the day: Don't take Uber if you're a serial killer. Also, privacy settings, use them.