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Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process

Uber has been ordered to reinstate five British drivers who were struck off from its ride-hailing app by robot technology.

The five drivers, backed by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) and the campaign group Worker Info Exchange, argued that they had been wrongly accused of fraudulent activity based on mistaken information from Uber’s technology, and that the company had failed to provide the drivers with proper evidence to support the allegations.

In a judgment published on Wednesday, the district court of Amsterdam said the ride-hailing app should reinstate the five British drivers, and one Dutch driver, because the decisions had been “based solely on automated processing, including profiling”.

Source: Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process | Uber | The Guardian

Uber under pressure over facial recognition checks for drivers

Uber’s use of facial recognition technology for a driver identity system is being challenged in the U.K., where the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) and Worker Info Exchange (WIE) have called for Microsoft to suspend the ride-hailing giant’s use of B2B facial recognition after finding multiple cases where drivers were mis-identified and went on to have their licence to operate revoked by Transport for London (TfL).

The union said it has identified seven cases of “failed facial recognition and other identity checks” leading to drivers losing their jobs and licence revocation action by TfL.

Labor activists are piling pressure on Uber from the other direction too — pointing out that no regulatory standard has been set around the workplace surveillance technology that the ADCU says TfL encouraged Uber to implement.

Source: Uber under pressure over facial recognition checks for drivers | TechCrunch

Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million

The California Public Utility Commission has slapped Uber with a $59 million fine for refusing to hand over detailed records about more than 1,200 alleged sexual assaults involving Uber drivers in California between 2017 and 2019.

Uber objected, noting that most of the victims had not consented to have their identities or stories shared with third parties. Even if the records were kept confidential, Uber argued, a CPUC investigation of these cases could force victims to revisit one of the most traumatic moments in their lives.

Source: Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million | Ars Technica

Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm

Former Uber drivers have filed a legal challenge against the company in Europe, arguing that its “robo-firing” practices contravene GDPR.

The union is arguing that Uber’s alleged “robo-firing” practices contravene Article 22 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seeks to protect individuals from automated decision-making. The action has been filed in the District Court of Amsterdam, where Uber’s European HQ is located.

Source: Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm | VentureBeat

Uber former security chief charged in connection with attempted data breach cover-up

The US Department of Justice has charged Joseph Sullivan, former chief security officer at Uber, with obstruction of justice following a data breach.

Mr Sullivan allegedly tried to cover up a 2016 hack that compromised data of millions of users and drivers, federal court papers filed last week in San Francisco said.

Source: Uber former security chief charged in connection with attempted data breach cover-up

Uber Drivers Sue to Gain Access to its Secret Algorithms

Uber’s power lies In information asymmetry. This EU court case could help end it.

Four United Kingdom Uber drivers launched a lawsuit Monday to gain access to Uber’s algorithms through Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a bid that could reshape the gig economy landscape across Europe.

Source: Uber Drivers Sue to Gain Access to its Secret Algorithms

Uber faces fresh legal challenge over driver data

Uber drivers in the U.K. are filing a lawsuit against the company over allegations the firm has continuously broken European data protection laws.

Four drivers are taking legal action against the ride-hailing giant, claiming the company is “failing to honour its obligations” under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.

Source: Uber faces fresh legal challenge over driver data

Uber fined €400,000 in France over data breach

Uber in France has been hit with a €400,000 fine by the country’s data protection watchdog in response to a major data breach the company experienced in 2016.

The Commission Nationale de l’information et des Liberties (CNIL) said 1.4 million customers of Uber France SAS were impacted by the breach and said it could have been prevented if the company had implemented “basic security measures”.

Full article: Uber fined €400,000 in France over data breach

Uber fined $148m for failing to notify drivers they had been hacked

Uber will pay $148m and tighten data security after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information, according to a settlement announced on Wednesday.

The company reached the agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia after a vast data breach in 2016. Instead of reporting it, Uber hid evidence of the theft and paid ransom to ensure the data wouldn’t be misused.

Source: Uber fined $148m for failing to notify drivers they had been hacked | Technology | The Guardian

Uber to share its London data in latest charm offensive

Uber is fighting to keep its 40,000 drivers operating on the roads of Britain’s capital city, its most important European market, after Transport for London (TfL) deemed it not “fit and proper” to run a taxi service, in a move which it is appealing.

The Silicon Valley firm has announced a number of changes to its business model in recent months including the introduction of 24/7 telephone support and the proactive reporting of serious incidents to London’s police.

Source: Uber to share its London data in latest charm offensive

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