Mar 9, 2017
Uber stops using Greyball 'secret program' to dodge regulators
The software, called Greyball, seeks to identify officials around the world trying to catch Uber drivers operating illegally. "We are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward," said Uber's chief security officer Joe Sullivan. He said the same technology had also been used for many other purposes, including for marketing promotions and deterring Uber riders using the app in violation of the company's term of service. Uber, the report added, even visited phone shops to trace smartphones bought by city officials setting up multiple accounts in an effort to catch the company's drivers. Once individuals suspected of attempting to entrap drivers were identified, they would be served a "Fake" version of the Uber app, with fictitious cabs on view.
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