On request of California public utilities commission uber has disclosed details of 5 million passengers and 300,000 drivers last year. The disclosure is called transparency report. CPUC is the regulatory agency for taxis and on-demand transportation.. Uber revealed data on request of airport authorities which led to the disclosure of 1.6 million passenger details and 156,000 driver details. The company totally received 34 requests from airports of various cities including An Jose Oakland and San Francisco.
The company received data request from law enforcement agencies for details of 408 passengers and 205 drivers across the country. The law enforcement requested data to catch criminals who were using stolen credit cards. The request from this agency were mostly about the pick-up location, destination and time of journey The data revelation is also done by Google and facebook along with some 60 tech companies. Uber accepts around 32 percent of data request and partially revealed data for 53 percent request and 15 percent were withdrawn or resulted in no data.
Uber stated that it tries to narrow the request made by authorities in releasing the data. But the issue arises when a company refuses to data the authorities have the right to even shut down the company.The data privacy rights were not given much attention until the recent tu-off between apple and FBI. Both them had issues over providing backend access to apple phone of the mass killer. This has created the debate over how much data should be revealed to state authorities.