Uber takes back “God View” access that was shun because of privacy issues image

Online smartphone car-sharing service provider Uber Technologies Inc has decided to tone down employee access to its so-called “God View, ” used as a real-time taxi-monitoring tool.

Last month, the San Francisco-based company was asked by the Minnesota senator Al Franken, who acts as the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, bring clarifications to the privacy policy and the patterns of usage for the tracking service. The God View tool, which allows real-time tracking of all Uber cars in a city and also the customers that are waiting for the summoned rides, has now been restricted to “employees working in operations or other areas, like fraud prevention,” according to a letter sent by the company to Senator Al Franken.

The company, which has been valued above many global automakers, has fallen under scrutiny lately as it expands at a rapid pace around the world. Now, the large number of legal challenges was joined by a growing number of customer complaints – with the people alleging privacy violations. Controversy surrounding its approach to the traditional cab and limousine services has risen, with many protests in cities around the world from local cabbies or limousine drivers. Also, France, Spain and Thailand have already banned the service or parts of it all together, while other cities also impose restrictions.

Via Reuters