Uber, L.A. tangle over ride-share privacy issue

By DeanYobbi

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Uber Technologies Inc. is threatening legal action against the Los Angeles Department of Transportation because of a disagreement over the sharing of real-time location data of its JUMP e-bike and scooter riders.

An Uber spokesman told BRAIN on Thursday the company hasn’t filed suit yet, despite what some media outlets are reporting. The LADOT said Uber had until Tuesday to begin providing the ride-share data or have its permit suspended to operate in the city. The LADOT did not return a request Thursday for comment.

“JUMP riders in Los Angeles have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the trip data created from riding on our bikes and scooters,” the Uber spokesman said. “Independent privacy experts have clearly and repeatedly asserted that a customer’s geolocation is personally identifiable information, and — consistent with a recent legal opinion by the California legislative counsel — we believe that LADOT’s requirements to share sensitive on-trip data compromises our customers’ expectations of data privacy and security.

“Therefore, we had no choice but to pursue a legal challenge, and we sincerely hope to arrive at a solution that allows us to provide reasonable data and work constructively with the City of Los Angeles while …read more

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