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Previously Uber only collected passenger data when app was closed
Update now allows Uber to collect data five minutes after a journey
Uber said its update will help 'improve' the service given to passengers
Firm say it will stop confusion on pick-ups for passengers and drivers
On the app users can choose between two information sharing options labelled 'Always' and 'Never'.
However, if riders choose the 'Never' option it means they will have to enter in their pick up and drop off details manually each time.
Uber has faced legal issues regarding passenger data in the past, and were forced to pay out $20,000 after a case in the US.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: bluesjr
I was reading a story that the phones are perfect listening devices, and we the public will never know it is listening to us. So I guess we are at the will of the hackers/govt if they want to know where we are, we will have to work hard to "hide".
It’s hard to talk about data without raising the issue of privacy, however.
The new system works because cellphones and tablets have their own identifying numbers called media access control or MAC addresses. As you drive down Mercer Street or 2nd Ave or 23rd, it can tell that it’s the same device pinging the string of antennas at the streetlights.
The issue for Robinson is that the city does not own the technology; a private contractor does. Rather than develop its own system, SDOT found it would be cheaper and more effective to pay a service fee to get it up and running. When SDOT first experimented with the Bluetooth readers, they hired Acyclica, based out of Boulder, Colorado. The city was satisfied with the product so gave Acyclica a contract to build out the Wi-Fi reader infrastructure. More recently, SDOT added four more vendors — Digimax, Quality Counts, Western Systems and IDAX — to its vendor pool, meaning any of them may be used to expand the already existing data network.
“I’d like to know what kind of encryption and transparency measures they have in place,” says Robinson. “But we don’t know what the city is asking [of the companies]. If they would just say what they’re doing and make it transparent they would at least have us not worried about whether they’re lying or not.”