zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jan 5, 2017 10:35 AM
One month ago, the highest-valued private company in the world, with a valuation of $68 billion, Uber got in trouble with privacy advocate when it was revealed that the ride-hailing company can now track its passengers’ locations after they are dropped off and even when their app has been closed. As revealed in a new update to Uber’s app, the global taxi service could collect passenger data up to five minutes after a journey has finished.
On its website Uber said: ‘Uber collects your location data from the time of trip request through five minutes after the trip ends, including when the app is in the background.
The firm defended itself by saying that the data will cut down on the frustrating back-and-forth often experienced by customers, as drivers try to ascertain exactly where their passengers are.