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Uber and their "God Mode"/"God View" comes to mind. E.g.: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/10/03/god-view...


> the good Uber is doing

(Edit: seems I'm a victim of Poe's Law. Oh well. In case anyone is sincerely wondering, I've left the below. Not sure I agree w/ such unmarked sarcasm though; I think there are a good number of people in SV trying to act ethically w/ consumer data.)

You're kidding me, right? I have nearly an opposite impression of Uber as a company:

Uber's self-driving car killed a woman while the human was not paying attention at the wheel[1]; IDK what the end result of this was, but at the time it was scandalous for a. the driver not paying attention and b. the car not noticing the human basically at all, until it was basically about to make impact. (Whatever sensors/sensor processing was happening failed entirely. IIRC, the Lidar company basically stated their stuff would have seen the human, and it was Uber's software that ignored that signal. The NTSB investigated it, but IDK what the resolution was.)

There was a long history of sexual workplace harassment scandals ("In August 2018, Uber agreed to pay a total of $7 million to 480 workers to settle claims of gender discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment."[3]; the former CEO resigned over similar allegations).

There's been numerous reports of them skirting or flat out ignoring the law in many jurisdictions.

The incident where a driver refused to service someone with a service animal.

Allegations over their treatment of drivers (that they're mislead in how much they can earn; that they're banned for even the slightest of transgressions; their classification as contractors and not employees, but they're not allowed to set their own rates by logging when the price isn't worth their while[2]).

The Greyball thing[3]:

> Uber developed an internal software tool called Greyball, which uses data collected from the Uber mobile app other means, to avoid giving rides to certain individuals. The tool was used starting in 2014. By showing "ghost cars" driven by fake drivers to the targeted individuals in the Uber mobile app, and by giving real drivers a means to cancel rides requested by those individuals, Uber was able to avoid giving rides to known law enforcement officers in areas where its service is illegal.

[1]: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/uber-self...

[2]: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/20/lyft_uber_surge_pri... (not sure if this is the best source)

[3]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uber#Criticism

[4]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

Both of his posts are sarcastic.

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