After reading the many stupid, unforced errors committed by Uber, I’ve decided that their whole ridesharing business model is just a cover story for an elaborate social experiment. Uber isn’t out to make a buck — instead, they’re experimenting to determine just how fucking awful a Silicon Valley tech darling startup needs to be before some government agency regulates them. Here’s the latest:
[…] A person who had a job interview in Uber’s Washington office in 2013 said he got the kind of access enjoyed by actual employees for an entire day, even for several hours after the job interview ended. He happily crawled through the database looking up the records of people he knew – including a family member of a prominent politician – before the seemingly magical power disappeared.
“What an Uber employee would have is everything, complete,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the company.
The funny thing about this is that it isn’t that hard to build a company that is celebrated for vacuuming up personally identifiable information. Google, to pick one example, knows if you’ve been sleeping, they know when you’re awake, and they certainly know if you’ve been bad or good. In order to make billions on that information, they slapped on a bit of privacy veneer, starting with their motto (“Don’t be evil”), and following through with a few policies and procedures (like having a Chief Privacy Officer). In return, they’re treated like Internet royalty. The glibertarian douchebags at Uber are so clueless and arrogant that they can’t even be bothered with the slightest pretense that they give a shit about the privacy of their customers. I eagerly await the howls of pain from the editors of Reason when the FTC or some other entity finally cracks down on these assholes.