Uber Will Now Track You Even After Your Ride Ends
The taxi service, Uber, will now track your location, even after your ride has ended. According to Uber, this will help them improve their service per customer. The new app update allows drivers to track their passengers five minutes after their ride has ended. Worse, you can be tracked even when the app is closed (i.e. the app goes in the background).
According to Uber, this will allow them to provide a better service and cut down frustrations that are experienced when the drivers cannot locate their passengers. On their website, it is stated:
Uber collects your location data from the time of trip request through five minutes after the trip ends, including when the app is in the background. We do this to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service, and to enhance safety. Trip Related Location Data is collected during the following times.
Uber invading Privacy?
But even regular Uber users are also seeing this as an invasion of privacy. Those who were thinking of switching to Uber are now thinking of holding back at the moment. Previously, the company faced legal issues in the US, allowing them to pay $20,000 fines. They created a ‘God View’ tool that allowed them to track all riders in real time.
Fortunately, there is an option, which also is strictly binary – either ‘Always’ or ‘Never’. Once you tap ‘Never’, you will have to manually set your pickup and drop off location. That is an inconvenience that Uber has put forward. Alternatively, you can choose to be tracked always.
Another workaround is choosing ‘Always’ and turning off location services of your phone. That way, the app cannot track your location and neither can any other app. Also, you can even use other utilities to kill or deactivate the Uber app on your phone. However, Uber says, “Location is at the heart of the Uber experience, and we’re asking riders to provide us with more information to achieve these goals.”