Mar 06 2017
Uber uses a dubiously legal technology called "Greyball" to block authorities and law enforcement officials who might be investigating the company from hailing a ride, The New York Times reports.
"This program denies ride requests to fraudulent users who are violating our terms of service", Uber said in a statement. But, according to the report, Uber has also been using the program to prevent law enforcement from conducting sting operations or catching the service operating where it shouldn't be. It alarmed privacy watchdogs late a year ago by eliminating an iOS setting that let users grant the company access to their location only "while using" the app. Users are now forced to choose between letting Uber track their location "always" and "never".
At a minimum, these revelations could cause more problems for Uber with regulators, who might not take kindly to efforts to evade detection. While "Greyballing" was first used in new cities to muddle the locations of UberX drivers to fight local taxi competition, Uber engineers soon saw those tactics' potential use in evading law enforcement.
In recent years, many states, including MA, have passed laws to explicitly make Uber legal.
According to the Times, Portland officers like Erich England, depicted in the video, couldn't catch an Uber because they weren't really using Uber - the app had identified them and given them a "ghost version" of the app filled with fake cars.
Greyball is part of a bigger program Uber calls VTOS - for "violation of terms of service". By using a tracking tool known as Greyball.
Techniques included looking at the user's credit card information and whether that card was tied directly to an institution like a police credit union. The Greyball app was also building a virtual perimeter around authority offices and facilities in cities monitored for Uber app usage. Uber employees reportedly have used it to entertain party guests by showing them the locations of high-profile people using the app, track a journalist, and spy on ex-romantic partners.
The San Francisco-based company admitted the program existed, but said its objective was aimed at rivals and users.
Current and former Uber employees, speaking anonymously, described Greyball to the Times and provided related documents.
Ars has contacted Uber about Greyball but has not received a response. He's the second senior executive to leave the company in a week after CEO Travis Kalanick asked Amit Singhal, vice president of engineering, to resign after it came to light that he had been investigated for sexual harassment at his previous employer, Google, according to Recode.
Mar 05 2017
'No economic case' for Scottish independence - Theresa May
May said nationalists play "politics as if it is a game", at a time when she was committed to maintaining the unity of Britain ahead of its exit from the European Union.
Mar 04 2017
Mexican congressman climbs U.S. border fence, says Trump's wall is 'totally absurd'
President Donald Trump's proposed border wall would not stem the flow of migration from Mexico to its northern neighbor. It's not clear how Guerra got on top of the wall and he didn't film himself crossing over to the U.S.
Mar 04 2017
Gold tumbles as chances rise of USA rate hike in March
The decision helped French stocks, already doing well after strong earnings reports, climb 1.7 per cent to a 15-month high. MSCI's global stocks index was down 0.4 percent after touching an intraday record high.
Mar 02 2017
Swedish studio to develop huge new Avatar game
Reviews of Avatar: The Game were mixed at best with complaints about the game being too linear along with the controls. Apparently the partnership was agreed upon after Massive showed an early game prototype built on its Snowdrop engine.
Mar 01 2017
Cassidy applauds Trump's order to eliminate Obama-era environmental rule
The move is the first of several environmental directives expected from the Trump administration in coming days. WOTUS, which was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Feb 28 2017
Iran says Karabakh conflict should be solved through dialogue and negotiations
The area indicated is apparently the location of the bodies, between the Azerbaijani (left) and Armenian (right) trenches. As a result of the countermeasures taken by the Defense Army, the Azerbaijani side suffered losses and has wounded.
Feb 28 2017
SpaceX announces plans to send two people around the moon in 2018
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks after unveiling the Dragon V2 spacecraft in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. The passengers have "already paid a significant deposit" for the mission, SpaceX said in a statement today.
Feb 26 2017
Batman V Superman is the big loser at the Razzies
The only other movie to strike gold was Zoolander 2 , earning a worst supporting actress statue. Dominating the lesser awards at the Razzies was the film expected to win everything, Batman v.
Feb 26 2017
Ex-labor secretary Tom Perez elected DNC chair
And so far, Democratic leaders said, people are calling local party headquarters and volunteering to help. Progressive activists said the outcome would be representative of their standing within the party.
Feb 25 2017
Trump performing balancing act between supporting, ignoring Jewish interests
The United States should renew its commitment to the two-state solution and opposition to new Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Foreign policy analysts were quick to mock the poor guy for his obvious lack of knowledge: "One state - an impossibility".
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