Beyonce Spied On By Uber Employees
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:05:41
Samuel Ward Spangenberg, Uber's former forensic investigator, is currently suing the company for age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation. According to testimony from Spangenberg, company employees regularly abuse "God View," which tracks the location of Uber vehicles and customers who have requested cars, to spy on "high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses." According to the investigator, they have even used the account to monitor Beyoncé.
According to Spangenberg, he expressed his concerns over the lack of security to Uber executives, including the company's head of information security, John Flynn, and its HR chief, Andrew Wegley, and was fired 11 months later.
Spangenberg also alleges numerous other ethical breaches at Uber. He says, the company stored driver and employee information in an insecure manner. Apparently, it operated a vulnerability management policy which allowed data to be stored that way if the company deemed there to be a "legitimate business purpose" for doing so.
Meanwhile, Uber has announced fewer than 10 employees have been fired for abusing "God View." The tool exists to monitor customer refund requests and accident investigations. A few weeks ago the company increased the amount of information they gather from riders, continuing to collect location data up to five minutes after a trip has ended.
Beyonce has not commented on the events at this time. ARTISTdirect will keep updating this story as more information is revealed.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff