Sen. Al Franken wants some answers from Uber after a BuzzFeed story quoted one of Uber's top executives suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company.
He also wanted to know why Uber stores user ride information indefinitely, even after users have deleted the app, what training Uber employees are given to ensure employees don't abuse riders' privacy, and whether there are any disciplinary measures in place for employees who abuse riders' privacy.
"It is unclear what steps, if any, you have taken to ensure that your [privacy] policies are adequately communicated to all employees, contractors, and affiliates, and to ensure that such policies are fully enforced," Franken wrote to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
Franken wants his answers by December 15. As chair of the Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, he is likely to call Uber executives to the floor to testify in the coming months.
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