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
China to raise defence budget by seven percent in 2017
Caffrey said the increase was likely to more than match growth in military spending in all other Asia Pacific countries combined in 2017.
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
House Republicans moving forward with 'secret' health care plan
Even if an arrangement was made for Paul to read the bill, he said he wanted everyone to have the chance to see what it is about. The GOP plan would provide money for those states and for the 19 states, mostly run by Republicans, that didn't expand Medicaid.
Mar 03 2017
Google unveils playable ads for Android game developers and other tools
Bankhead said Google is also creating gameplay videos, which users will be able to see next to the apps on the Google Play store. Playables offer users the same experience that the real game offers, just for a shorter time period since it's only a preview.
Mar 02 2017
Trump presses reset button, strikes gentler tone in Congress address
In Sanctuary Hall after the speech, Republicans applauded Trump's statements , but Democrats saw little common ground. Compared to President Barack Obama's first address in 2009, Trump's early ratings are down by 17 percent.
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 27 2017
NASA to put astronauts on deep space test flight, says report
The space agency's human exploration chief said today that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. NASA is investigating hardware changes associated with the system that will be needed if crew are to be added to EM-1.
Feb 26 2017
Baker Mayfield arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest
According to the incident report, a Fayetteville officer was flagged down near the intersection of West and Dickson at 2:29 a.m. Mayfield is an early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season. "We don't have any other information at this time".
Feb 25 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe turns 93 with lavish birthday party
In the interview with state media, Mugabe also described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.
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