Privacy group complains to FTC about Uber app

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy rights group, complained to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday about a new Uber new policy that gives it the right to track users when they are not currently using the Uber app.The privacy policy is scheduled to go into effect on July 15.

USA Today explains:

Under the upcoming policy, the Uber app could collect precise location data about a customer's smart phone, even when the app is running in the background or they have turned off their GPS location finder.

If the app isn't on, Uber can figure out the user's approximate location from their Internet address.

If the user permits it, the Uber app can access the user's address book and use the names and contact information it finds there.

The full USA Today story is here.

The EPIC complaint is here.

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