I am concerned about the surprising lack of detail in their response… It still remains unclear how Uber defines legitimate business purposes for accessing, retaining, and sharing customer data. I will continue pressing for answers to these questions.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken, in a statement to Buzzfeed
The company’s business practices have come under scrutiny, with some customers alleging privacy violations. A senior Uber executive caused an uproar earlier this month when he told journalists that Uber should consider hiring researchers to examine and disclose activities of media critics. One of its employees had used the tool to check the ride detail of a journalist who was late for a meeting the two had scheduled, technology website Cnet reported on Monday. Meanwhile, Uber has been shut down in New Delhi after an Uber driver was accused of raping a passenger; and courts have shuttered or limited operations in Spain, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.