Taxi service Uber, which has branches around the world, secretly uses software that allows you to filter the customers. The company’s activities are banned in many cities and even in individual countries, but this does not prevent the group to continue their work there.
The fact that the program Greyball examines each taxi and refuses the services of the police officials and other officials who can fine the user of taxis. Works IN very simple scheme: it collects data about the location of the customer, his Bank card and other information, and then compares the obtained result with the special base. So the crooked carrier manages to avoid encounters with law enforcement officers. It should be noted that the use of such programs is illegal, and therefore not advertised the guidance of Uber. However, several former employees have confirmed the existence of Greyball in interviews published in the media.
This is not the first public scandal that embroiled the company Uber. We will remind, recently Executive Director of the group apologized for a video in which he scolds one of his drivers, did not mince words. Prior to this, the Manager apologized to the public for their remarks about sexism. Now head of security Joe Sullivan (Joe Sullivan) in the official blog Uber assured that there will be a ban on the use of caused the scandal of the program, but the official stressed that full refusal may require some time, what time frame he announced. In addition, Sullivan just recognized the fact that the use Greyball, but for other purposes: “needed for testing of new features, marketing campaigns, fraud prevention, to protect clients from physical harm, as well as scaring the passengers who intended to break the rules of using the service. We began to look at how this technology was used until the present time.”
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