Privacy Concerns in the Uber Economy: Reason to Worry 

For a transportation system like Uber or Lyft to function properly, it requires you to share a lot of sensitive personal information with the company, whether you’re a passenger or a driver. They need your up-to-date payment and banking information, and they track where you are at any given moment, as well as record a history of all the rides you’ve taken and places you’ve been picked up and dropped off. It’s quite a wealth of data, something you’d hope would be treated with care and discretion.

Instead, in a slew of high-profile incidents, Uber and Lyft have shown a shocking disregard for the privacy of both drivers and customers and a penchant for creepy and reckless behavior with the information to which they have access:

These platforms require our private information to perform a service—they track the precise locations of drivers and customers so they can dispatch pickups and keep records of all those trips; they have payment and banking info so they can collect fares from customers and pay drivers. But with that power comes a clear responsibility to keep our information private and safe—not abuse their access and violate the trust of drivers and passengers.

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