A former forensic investigator for Uber has alleged that employees of the company abuse internal tools in order to track the movemebt of celebrities, such as Beyonce, and ex-spouses. Ward Spangenberg made the accusations in a court deposition. He is suing the company for age discrimination and claims he was fired for whistle-blowing on the abuses, as Reveal from the Center of Investigative Journalism reports:
“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,” Spangenberg wrote in a court declaration, signed in October under penalty of perjury.
Two years ago following similar allegations that Uber was abusing it’s “God View” tool in a similar fashion, the company assured riders that the problem would be curbed, except in the case of “legitimate business reasons.”
Five former employees confirmed as much to Reveal.
Uber has denied the reports.
Uber continues to increase our security investments and many of these efforts, like our multi-factor authentication checks and bug bounty program, have been widely reported. We have hundreds of security and privacy experts working around the clock to protect our data. This includes enforcing strict policies and technical controls to limit access to user data to authorized employees solely for purposes of their job responsibilities, and all potential violations are quickly and thoroughly investigated.