Uber Data Used to Spy on Folks Including Celebrities

Security? What’s that? Uber allegedly spied on users, including celebrities like Beyoncé | Fox News

So you think security isn’t an issue? How about stalking? What do you think about that?

Uber employees helped ex-boyfriends stalk ex-girlfriends, and were even able to access trip information for celebrities like Beyonce, Reveal News explains. These revelations come from the company’s former in-house forensic investigator Ward Spangenberg.

Just like in the case of the sexual harassment story, Uber decided to blame the whistle-blower instead of addressing the problem.

Spangenberg objected to the company’s “reckless and illegal practices” and Uber fired him 11 months after he joined the company in March 2015. Uber says it fired Spangenberg because he violated a code of conduct policy and reformatted his computer. The security expert argued that he simply began rebuilding the laptop after a crash.

The only safe information is your credit card data, because Uber doesn’t store that – their bank does. So why does Uber need your Social Security Number?

“When I was at the company, you could stalk an ex or look up anyone’s ride with the flimsiest of justifications,” Michael Sierchio, who was a senior security engineer at Uber, told the site. “It didn’t require anyone’s approval.”

Uber was allegedly more interested in fast growth than enforcing strong security. “Early on, ‘growth at all costs’ was the mantra, so you can imagine that security was an afterthought,” Sierchio added. “One of the things I was told is, ‘It’s not a security company.'”

Uber and their ilk are painted as the future of everything. Technology to rule your life. (Do I hear echos of “One ring to rule them all?”) And these are the people you want to put in charge of security.

Their self-driving cars… How much security is built into that? Will ex-boyfriends be able to crash their ex-girlfriends’ cars, and not just know where they are?