GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Uber deploys secret weapon against undercover regulators

By News Express on 05/03/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 592


Uber has been wielding a secret weapon to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its ride-hailing service in cities around the world.

The program included a feature nicknamed “Greyball” internally that identified regulators who were posing as riders while trying to collect evidence that Uber’s service was breaking local laws governing taxis.

To stymie those efforts, Uber served up a fake version of its app to make it appear the undercover regulators were summoning a car, only to have the ride canceled. The San Francisco company mined the data that it collects through its real app to pinpoint the undercover agents.

The New York Times revealed Greyball’s existence in a story published Friday based on information provided by four current and former Uber employees who were not named.

Uber acknowledged it has used Greyball to counter regulators working with the company’s opponents to entrap its drivers.

Greyball is part of a broader program called VTOS, shorthand for “violations of terms of service,” that Uber says it developed to protect its service.

“This programme denies ride requests to fraudulent users who are violating our terms of service – whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations, or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers,” Uber said.

Although Uber is becoming more widely accepted than in its early years, the company says it still uses Greyball as a tool in some cities that it declined to identify.

The Times reported that Uber has targeted regulators in Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, among other cities, as well as a litany of countries that include Australia, China, Italy and South Korea.

The cat-and-mouse game with regulators is the latest example of the aggressive tactics that Uber has adopted while upending the heavily regulated taxi industry. In doing so, Uber has built a rapidly growing company valued at more than $60 billion by its investors that is frequently accused of bending the rules.

Among other things, the company has faced lawsuits for classifying its drivers as independent contractors to save money and allegedly stealing the technology for a fleet of autonomous cars that it is currently testing. In the past two weeks, a former female engineer alleged Uber routinely ignores claims of sexual harassment and a video surfaced of CEO Travis Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in its rates for a premium version of its service.

Uber’s rise also has raised tensions in cities that have sometimes gone to extreme measures to crack down on a service that they contended was operating without the proper permits. In Las Vegas, local taxi regulators confronted an Uber driver while wearing ski masks. And in Florida, Hillsborough regulators coordinated with taxi and limousine companies on an undercover operation that lured out Uber drivers so they could be assessed $700 fines. (AP)

Source News Express

Posted 05/03/2017 2:53:40 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Restructuring: Northern Governors, traditional rulers to hold public...

Minister inaugurates Anti-piracy Committee

Ruthless Arsenal crush Manchester United in one-sided Premiership...

Africa poised to become digital insurance leader, says...

FG sacks NAMA and NiMET MDs, 2 other...

Yobe takes immunisation campaign to difficult border communities...

Too busy to make love, man approves of...

Bomb blast kills 36 Igbos in Jos, injures...

Obasanjo officially commissions Presidential Library in Abeokuta

Death toll in Boko Haram Maiduguri attack rises...

Emefiele donates all gifts received at mother’s funeral...

MTN parts ways with chief customer executive

 

Latest News New U.S. Visa Lottery Program kicks off Shake-up in Lagos Police Command; 10 officers affected Army arrests 40 suspects in Lagos, Ogun Senate demands Fashola’s sack as power minister Nollywood star Yul Edochie promises better life for Anambra people if elected Governor Customs raids car shops, seizes 3,000 vehicles from dealers Pressure mounts on Senate panel to drop $25bn NNPC contracts probe Delta Government annuls fees increase by DELSU Obaseki calls for global consensus on strategy to end poverty •Proffers broad-based growth models EFCC arraigns 3 for N19m fraud Buhari submits 2018 to 2020 Expenditure Framework to Reps EYPF warns against military intimidation in Niger Delta •Seeks development in Egbema kingdom

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (286,661 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (269,115 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (217,865 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (183,130 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,199 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (161,680 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (140,109 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,558 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,381 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (113,871 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (111,966 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,355 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (29) Business (2,724) Business Verdict (24) Columnists (754) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (183) Entertainment (394) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,579) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (77) News (29,402) Opinion (824) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,981) Religion (645) Sports (1,338) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN words on marble advert

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!