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Al Franken Grills Uber Over Privacy Policy

Uber stores data about where you've been and Senator Franken wants to know why

Uber stores data about where you've been and Senator Franken wants to know why

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.

Franken, the chair of a Senate subcommittee on privacy and technology, sent a letter to Uber's CEO yesterday asking 10 pointed questions about Uber's privacy policy. See also: Mpls Approves Lyft/UberX Regulations; Blong Yang Casts Sole 'Nay' Vote

Franken raised concerns over a clause in the privacy policy that states the tech giant can share customers' personal information and usage with "parent, subsidiary and affiliates for internal reasons," and asked why Uber riders can't, at bare minimum, opt out of information sharing.

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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