Uber to pay USD 20,000 fine over ‘God View’ tracking

New York, Jan. 7 (ANI): Ending an investigation into the company’s privacy practices, Uber has struck a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the company’s ‘God View’ tool.

The controversial tool allowed the employees to access and track the location of Uber riders and customers without obtaining one’s permission.

According to the Verge, Uber will pay a USD 20,000 fine in settlement.

“This settlement protects the personal information of Uber riders from potential abuse by company executives and staff, including the real-time locations of riders in an Uber vehicle,” said Schneiderman in a statement.

“I strongly encourage all technology companies to regularly review and amend their own policies and procedures to better protect their customers’ and employees’ private information,” he added.

Uber is now the world’s largest ride-hailing company, operating in more than 300 cities in 58 countries. By 2015, the company was estimated to be worth USD 62.5 billion. (ANI)

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