UBER MIRED IN NEW SCANDAL
The transportation network company, which started out as a scrappy young startup, is continuing to attract controversy in the course of its explosive growth.
From making thousands of fake bookings with rival companies to being at odds with transport regulations in several cities, Uber seems to be at the centre of some or other scandal almost continuously. The latest involves Senior Vice President Emil Michael's casual remark at a dinner party that Uber should start tracking rides and digging up dirt on journalists, particularly those critical of the company. The news created a huge furor and seems to confirm rumours that employees had easy access to travel logs of users and there were no protections in place, unlike in other industries like banking, retail, hospitality, etc, to safeguard consumer information. CEO Travis Kalanick apologised on Twitter, saying “Emil's comments were terrible” and showed “lack of leadership, lack of humanity”. Critics, however, are not convinced of Kalanick's sincerity considering he hasn't yet fired the errant VP.