News & Opinion | December 14, 2016 9:00 am

Are Uber Drivers Creeping on Your User Data?

A number of ex-employees say yes

If you’ve read the terms of your Uber account (which obviously you have, of course), you’re already aware that the company knows a little bit more about you than where you like to go for a 2 a.m. pizza slice.

What you probably didn’t know is that, at least according to the testimony of Uber’s ex-forensic investigator Samuel Spangenberg, your data is also readily available for Uber drivers to access.

Spangenberg, who is currently involved in a lawsuit with Uber, alleges that most customer data (email address, full name, phone info, etc)  is not protected in an adequate manner. 

As a result, this “lack of security” led to “employees being able to track high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, and ex-spouses.”

While Uber has admitted to firing fewer than 10 employees for improper access of customer data, it maintains that its security measures are strict and that if deals with violations swiftly.

Michael Sierchio, a former senior security engineer at Uber, said that isn’t exactly the case. “When I was at the company, you could stalk an ex or look up anyone’s ride with the flimsiest of justifications,” he told The Reveal.  “It didn’t require anyone’s approval.”

Having this information shouldn’t stop you from using the service after attempting to break the world record for tequila shots at the office holiday party, but it is something to consider the next time you’re thinking of leaving a bad review.

Also remember, no sex.