Uber Accuses NYC Of Snooping On Its Passengers: "They Want Full Details Of Every Trip You Ever Take"

Tyler Durden's picture

One month ago, the highest-valued private company in the world, with a valuation of $68 billion, Uber got in trouble with privacy advocate when it was revealed that the ride-hailing company can now track its passengers' locations after they are dropped off and even when their app has been closed. As revealed in a new update to Uber's app, the global taxi service could collect passenger data up to five minutes after a journey has finished.

On its website Uber said: 'Uber collects your location data from the time of trip request through five minutes after the trip ends, including when the app is in the background.

The firm defended itself by saying that the data will cut down on the frustrating back-and-forth often experienced by customers, as drivers try to ascertain exactly where their passengers are.

And while mobile apps tracking every habit of its users is hardly new, a new twist emerged this morning, when Uber sent out a notification to its users, accusing none other than New York City of demanding that it hand over all its "sensitive" passenger info data, including "where you’re dropped off, as well" in an attempt to "to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take," a move which creates "serious privacy risks."

From the email sent to clients:

Today, New York City requires Uber and other companies to hand over a lot of sensitive personal passenger data, including where you're picked up on every trip. Now, New York City wants more. They're trying to force companies to tell them where you’re dropped off, as well.


In other words, they want to piece together the full details of every trip you ever take. Several independent privacy experts have said this policy creates "serious privacy risks." And that it would give the government "and anyone else who accesses this information a comprehensive, 360-degree view into the movements and habits of individual New Yorkers." Click below to send a clear message that enough is enough.




Yours is the most powerful voice in this debate. We need your help. New York City doesn’t need this data and they’ve shown in the past that they cannot prevent it from becoming public.

Considering that the government is already in the process of launching it own "Ministry of Truth" to crack down on opposing media viewpoints, we don't find this latest attempt of government and municipal overreach surprising at all.

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buzzsaw99's picture

they need to go underground. i may hire a driver some day but it will be cash paid per day under the table.

buzzsaw99's picture

i guess they have them by the ballz because the drivers pick up many fares per day. for sake of argument i could pay my nephew to drive me around all night either in his car or mine and they would never know. i don't live there but i can't see how they could possibly know.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

If your nephew has a navigation system, somebody knows his whereabouts.

Delaware Dick's picture

Clearly untrue. Navigation systems, i.e. GPS, are receive only. If he's using a cell phone you are probably right.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

What about OnStar and any other such system?  When I contact them, they already know my whereabouts.

alpha-protagonist's picture

...and soooo liberal. Fuck them.

TeethVillage88s's picture

New Yorkers are getting Schlonged

junction's picture

Yet when it comes to information on how Mayor DeBlasio approved the illegal planned conversion of a Rivington Street nursing home to condos, a conversion that made the mayor's frends some $70 million, that information is secret.

GreatUncle's picture

@buzzsaw99 - Long Russian roubles to use in local trades bearing in mind it equates to value just like king dollar, bitch pound or euro cunt.

The method of exchange of value can be in anything.

As for a driver think along the lines of Jason Statham and the Transporter movies, no questions asked.

spanish inquisition's picture

NYC- "It's for our precrime database. If you refuse, you are guilty."

CheapBastard's picture

DeeBlazio has one hell of a collection of upskirt shots.

Probably eats his pizza while he faps staring at them.

GreatUncle's picture

More like they want to know all you associate with so once they dispose of you ... those friends you had as a contact are next.

Think it is time to refresh old acquainticies of those you you don't like ... so all those you don't like are on the list.

From now if you use a taxi, get them to drop you at the nearest shopping mall, never a home address.

Bam_Man's picture

Do you have any idea how much a NYC Taxi Medallion costs?

The City will not give up that racket without quite a fight.

Ramesees's picture

Not as much as it used to.  Actually, about 40% of what it used to.  

Bam_Man's picture

You mean you can now get one for less than A MILLION DOLLARS?

Wow - what a bargain.

Theophilus Carter's picture

They used to go for $600K in Philly - the last time they tried to sell new medallions post Uber/Lyft carnage they sold 5 for $10K each.  Yes, the city's are definitely 'touchy' about not 'getting their cut' - sorry, 'fee'...

dynomutt's picture

I'm pretty sure it was half what it was before Uber came to town.

Francis Marx's picture

I guess the CIA wants to know what prostitutes the foreign diplomats are visiting so thay can hire them to get info on their johns.

moorewasthebestbond's picture



Or better yet, the CIA wants to know which foreign prostitutes are visiting domestic diplomats so they can hire them...

Chupacabra-322's picture

Fuck the Security Theater &'the Scum Fucks who profit from it via PsyOp's, False Flags & Scripted False Narratives.

shimmy's picture

National security!

What a fucking pathetic city.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture


TeethVillage88s's picture

All in order to protect you from Terrorism and people that spend cash.

Does Uber and Lyft allow Cash payments or are they part of the Central Bank Program?

No tips mean, Credit Cards, right?

moorewasthebestbond's picture

NYC must need to know when and where to allocate it's rape kits for all of the Uber rape victims.

scoutshonor's picture

I have been ridiculed for refusing to buy into an ezpass/fast track system in San Francisco because I refuse to have my movements electronically tracked.  

I had one doofus attempt to argue that should I be investigated for something my electronic footprint could prove my innocence. HILARIOUS!

Never, ever is big brother infomation used to prove someone innocent.  O.K. very rarely.  They don't waste time looking for information that would disprove the working hypothesis which is guilty.  Screw them and their electronic leashes.

cowdiddly's picture

just tell em you dropped off almost all your passengers at the gun shops. Maybe they will get the hint.

GreatUncle's picture

Customer can request the gun shop ... especially if you are an ex-felon.

RedDwarf's picture

Fuck these totalitarian treasonous scum.

dlfield's picture

Pickup Andropov...damned Russian hackers.

directaction's picture

I went to Mexico City not long ago. At the airport upon arrival I hired an English-speaking man with a car who became my personal driver for the next three days.
It was way cheaper and far more convenient than hailing assorted taxis countless times. Plus he pointed out all the best places. Screw Uber. 

besnook's picture

i was in the business thirty years ago. what you did is called a 10-23(all about town). i recommend it to every tourist. a good cab driver knows things you would never, ever had known otherwise. they can go where tourists have never been, restaurants only locals know, as well as neat local scenery.

besnook's picture

sorry buds. pick up and drop off info is standard in the cab industry, the purpose is to have a record of activity in the event of a crime committed by the rider(criminals love taking cabs thinking they are anonymous like after a bank robbery) or the driver. much ado about bullshit. maybe if uber just followed the law where the livery laws are in place instead of trying to game the system. cab drivers are well documented uber/lyft drivers can be anyone and there have been many, many instances of driver abuse of riders.


UBER fails to understand that New York shitty issued a directive to all New York shitty Taxi Drivers that it was no longer acceptable for New York shitty Taxi Drivers to masturbate on passengers as of 2016. Clearly, the bureaucrats of New York shitty need to have pick up & destination information of all UBER riders so they can monitor when & where the UBER Drivers masturbate on their passengers just like they monitor where & when the New York shitty Taxi Drivers masturbate on their customers. Furthermore, UBER deregulated who gets to drive people around for money, but they cannot deregulate the bureaucracy that monitors who gets masturbated on, and where they get masturbated on, in the metropolis of New York shitty.


Up yours, UBER multinational slimeballs n' scuzzbags!

insanelysane's picture

And if you're wearing a Trump shirt in NYC they will call you the Nazi.

onmail1's picture

Big brother watches u
where u go

Other Mr T's picture

I thought uber already spied on their passangers, passangers agree to it when they install the app. What's the big deal? just make a copy of the snooping database for Billiy D. and the tlc. hypocrites!