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Privacy group complains about Uber data collection

Grant Gross | June 23, 2015
Uber Technologies' new data collection policy, allowing the ride-hailing company to access a user's location even when the smartphone app is not actively in use, violates the privacy rights and personal safety of U.S. customers, according to a complaint filed Monday by a privacy group.

The new privacy policy is half as long as Uber's old one, the company noted. Customers will have more than a month of notice to review the new policy and ask questions, Uber said. Customers will be able to opt out of any new data uses by Uber, a spokeswoman said.

Uber's new policy goes beyond what it needs to provide services, EPIC said in its complaint.

"This collection of user's information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service," EPIC wrote. "Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app."

 

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