According to the complaint, “This collection of user’s information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service. Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app, or have turned off their GPS location finder (as Uber can still collect location information through the phones’ IP addresses).”
An Uber spokesperson told KPIX 5 the changes were only designed for the company to know where you are faster, and that users can turn the feature can be turned off.
“They have this vast trove of information that is subject to a lot of security issues, subpoenas, who knows who can get their hands on that data,”said Adi Kamdor with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “We should be pushing back against this company collecting…and keeping…this information about where we’re going and where we are at all times.”
Uber also said the company has no plans to track users’ locations 24/7, but privacy advocates fear the company could very well do so at any time.