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Data Leak Shows Uber ‘Broke Laws, Duped Police’ – Guardian

A trove of data files reveals how cab-hailing service “flouted laws, duped police, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments” between 2013 and 2017, the Guardian story alleges.


A trove of data files has revealed Uber strategies during years of global expansion.
A trove of data files has revealed Uber strategies during years of global expansion from 2013-17. File photo: Reuters.

 

A trove of over 124,000 confidential data files reveals how the cab-hailing service Uber “flouted laws, duped police, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments” from 2013 to 2017, when the tech giant was run by co-founder Travis Kalanick and pursued a policy of aggressive global expansion, a report by The Guardian says.

Lobbyists for Uber secretly met national leaders and influential powerbrokers such as Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz while protests and controversy raged over whether the company was flouting laws and regulations, the report says. It used a ‘kill switch’ to prevent authorities from gathering evidence from its main data system if its offices were raided, the report alleges.

Read the full report: The Guardian.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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