Today a report was released that claimed that employees at Uber used the company’s “God view” tool to spy on the movements of “high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses.”
This is as according to Uber’s former forensic investigator Samuel Ward Spangenberg.
Spangenberg is currently suing the company for allegedly conducting age-discrimination and whistleblower relations, in October he made this claims within a court declaration, which included the following:
“Uber’s lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses…”
He also stated that he told Uber executives about his concerns about the company’s lack of security, and was then fired 11 months later.
Spangenberg claims that Uber completely disregarded customer data and that they conducted a number of ethical breaches.
Uber has said that it has a number of strict policies to prohibit employees from accessing users’ trip information, however, according to the testimonies from a number of security professionals, this is not the case, stating that Uber’s policy relies on the honor system that employees agree to not abuse their access, but they don’t regulate this.