Uber Reveals What It Shared With the Government in Company'south First-Ever Transparency Report

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:31 PM

Facebook, Twitter and a no of technology companies have made it a practice of releasing transparency reports, giving the public a clearer picture of how frequently the companies fielded government requests during a certain time period and how they were handled.

Uber Reveals What It Shared With the Government in Company'south First-Ever Transparency Report

Uber released its first-ever transparency report this week, giving an interior see at how the company handled information requests from law enforcement executive and regulators in the United States.

Facebook, Twitter and a no of technology companies have made it a practice of releasing transparency reports, giving the public a clearer picture of how frequently the companies fielded government requests during a certain time period and how they were handled.

In Uber'south first report, the privately-held company said it's providing "a comprehensive overview of information that was provided to U. S. state and local regulators and law enforcement agencies between July and December two thousand fifteen."

Here'south a see at what we learned from Uber'south report.

Law Enforcement Requests

During the second half of latest year, Uber said it processed four hundred fifteen requests from law enforcement agencies and provided at minimum some data in eighty-fifth % of the cases. The majority of the requests -- three hundred sixty-eight total -- came from state agencies.

Many of the requests related to stolen credit cards and fraud investigations, according to the report. Uber'south team well-known the company is committed to protecting passenger privacy and requires "authorized and sufficient valid process from official government agencies before we disclose any information about our customers."

"When we get a request from law enforcement, we review it to ensure it satisfies valid requirements and will reject, or limit its scope otherwise. Among other things, requests should be narrowly tailored to a legitimate law enforcement need; we object to overly broad, vague or unreasonable requests," the report said.

Regulatory Agencies

Uber said it supplied information on more than twelve million passengers and drivers to thirty-three regulatory agencies during the latter half of 2015. Uber'south report said some state regulatory agencies require regulated transportation companies to report an array of information ranging from ride vol during a certain period to pickup and drop-off points and fare information.

Uber complied with 21.2 % of those requests, according to the report, and pushed back on 79.1 % of the requests in an effort to narrow the scope of the information they were required to submit. The company said it was successful in narrowing the scope in 42.4 % of its cases.

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