Wow, this is dystopian. I support Uber fighting back on this. It's an egregious privacy violation by the city. I trust Uber with the data a lot more than the city. Let's say you take a scooter to an area where a crime happened and suddenly you're being interviewed as a suspect. No thanks.
To say that a person is “suddenly” being interviewed as a suspect just for traveling in a certain area is somewhat alarmist.
Also this is Uber we are talking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are using the privacy concerns as a pretext to protect their own private data mining efforts.
And after all, out of 173 million rides some 5 (five) were "identified".
The DASH routes are fairly short, should be pretty easy to manage it so it is reliable and frequent, but they are far from it. They have a web app showing the locations of all buses (a pretty ugly and inefficient UI btw) and I often see all buses very close to each other, often 4 of them (out of 5 or 6 in the whole line) in just two blocks.
This means that one day I can wait 5 minutes, but others I have waited 30 or even 40 minutes. This is by pure incompetence. I complained several times through the site, never got a response.
it's harder than it seems, pure incompetence seems a little unfair.
Of course, I am reliving my frustration on these times that I have to wait more time at a bus stop than I spend inside the bus, so it is a harsh critique. But I do think it's fair and justified.
"We need all your GMail so we can fine Google for failed deliveries and spam" is a much better story than "We need all your GMail to make sure you're not a terrorist" but of course the effect is the same.
Fortunately, many people who advocate for privacy are also big on regulation and standards, so your backdoor may sell well in that demographic.
The only real solution is complete surveillance. And I think we will have it in my lifetime. It should be pretty easy to convince people of it.
- "It will fight crime"
- "It's to ensure that cars won't occupy bike lanes"
- "We want to ensure that big corporations do not violate the law"
- "The government is doing this to protect you, while the corporations are doing it to exploit you. At least we're helping"
- "At LADOT, our job is to move people and goods as quickly and safely as possible, but we can only do that if we have a complete picture of what’s on our streets and where"
For instance, I could mention the idea that people can hack their systems and then you get:
> This doesn't address the fundamental issue: a car is being controlled by an untested and unregulated system on public roads.
> Does this imply they're encouraging anyone to write buggy code and drive their cars with it?!?
It's easy. You just make it about the guys who could be running 'untested', 'unregulated' code on their cars so you need a hardware security module that reports on the car constantly and then you track them by their 5G tower.
Admittedly if we quickly get non-tracking-based solutions out there it immunizes us to these fears.
Will they answer if we do?
We need some trend data, surely, and some good regulation as well. But we don't need to monitor and regulate every little microtransaction. This is ultra 'make work'.
There is no need for the government, the organization that fixes the roads, provides the police, administers a court system, etc, to also be in charge of traffic management. It can be handled through the market.
I'm not entirely convinced that mass surveillance by government is worse than mass surveillance by huge private corporations. In democratic societies at least, the public has at least some control over the government. It has virtually none over private entities.
The Weimar Republic was democratic.
But otherwise history would suggest government surveillance to be much, much worse.
Indeed. That’s why the CIA was disbanded after the Snowden revelations, he was hailed as a hero and how he became Governor of DC.
I mean a heroin addict technically has control but it would be delusional to claim the heroin has no power over them and they could easily quit any time they liked.
If you were to personally spy on the entirety of the CIA and keep the data within your basement you would make history and record books with the harm your grand act of treason did or would cause. Hell if you did it to one neighborhood let alone one town you would be widely regarded as a terrifying criminal!
The fact they are government and not one deranged citizen only makes matters far worse not better. They have no legitimacy.
The fact so few see the goddamned obvious because they are so brainwashed is deeply disturbingm
Which they used to spy to all governments who hired such company, while also getting paid for their encryption services lol