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News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber’s public relations problems have been piling up over the past few months.  But the ride-hailing firm’s latest controversy may have crossed a line that could create headaches for the company in Washington. A recent report that claims Uber was tracking customers even after users deleted the app is catching the eye of Congress...
News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog asked the federal agency to check out claims the company tracked driver's iPhones even after the app was deleted. Did Uber break the law by collecting information on user's iPhones to identify them even after they deleted the Uber app? That's what a consumer advocacy group asked the US Federal Trade Commission to find...
News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Following report that Uber has partaken in some questionable practices, including tracking users after they deleted the Uber app, Congress and federal regulators are considering investigations into the company, according to a report from the Hill. Lawmakers in Washington are reportedly calling for hearings to examine Uber’s potentially...
News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Faced with a fresh public relations crisis, Uber today unveiled new settings aimed at giving users more control over their data. Among other changes, the app will add a "privacy settings" menu, which will house all privacy controls -- including controls over how Uber uses location data. Uber will also now allow people to delete their...
News Story
4/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
An advocacy group known for challenging the tech industry on privacy called on the Federal Trade Commission Thursday to investigate media reports that Uber could identify specific iPhone devices even after users deleted the ride-hailing app. In a letter submitted Thursday, California-based Consumer...
News Release
4/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Uber Technologies had deceptively tracked users of its app after people thought they had deleted it from their iPhone. “The Commission should not be surprised by Uber’s abuses. It is a renegade technology and...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Cars with no one in them may be cruising downtown streets as early as the end of this year if city and state motor vehicle officials have their way. The state Department of Motor Vehicles plans to issue rules this year that will allow automakers and tech companies to test autonomous vehicles for the first time on public streets with no one behind...
News Release
4/25/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber will debut its first “flying cars” by 2020, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday, an aggressive plan aimed at ushering in a future where workers make their daily commutes by air. Uber plans to demo the futuristic vehicles in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai within three years, the company...
News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday closed the public comment period on its proposed testing and deployment rules for driverless cars. On Tuesday it opened the doors to a public hearing on those rules. Dozens of manufacturers, software developers, insurers and interested residents showed up. Here are four takeaways based on...