Uber employees accused of spying on Beyoncé
by Luke Ottenhof
December 14, 2016
Uber rules, but it might be time to start thinking about alternatives to the alternative.
Uber rules, but it might be time to start thinking about alternatives to the alternative. The Guardian has reported that Uber employees have allegedly been abusing the company’s already-horrifying “God view” tool, which, as it’s name suggests, lets them see the movements of Uber users across a map. It also lets them search for specific users, and zero in on their whereabouts.
The company has confirmed it’s had to terminate employees for misusing the tool, and an ex-investigator for Uber, who’s now launching a lawsuit against the company, has claimed employees use the tool to track, among others, “high-profile politicians, celebrities … ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses.” The suit specifically alleges that Beyoncé was monitored via this fucking invasive technology.
Given Uber’s recent expansion of location-gathering information in the app, this development doubles the already-existing existential dread. Given the compounded shittiness at hand, you might want to consider going back to good old analog cab companies.