Privacy group asks US FTC to investigate Uber

The Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Uber’s privacy policy, which permits Uber the right to track users even when they’re not using the Uber app.

In EPIC’s complaint, it says “Uber’s collection of user’s information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service.  Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app.”

In response, Uber says that users will be able to opt out of the new privacy policy.  However, EPIC says that forcing users to opt out of the data collection “places an unreasonable burden on consumers.”

Link (USA Today): Privacy group asks US FTC to investigate Uber