UBER MIRED IN NEW SCAN­DAL

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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.

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