Uber calls self-driving cars "student drivers", agrees to expand FTC settlement

by Leslie Wood April 13, 2018, 2:33
Uber calls self-driving cars

In a post today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced a slew of new features for the app, created to address growing concerns over rider safety. Khosrowshahi says a version of the feature is also arriving for the driver side of things in the near future.

The signal sends the rider's location and trip details directly to dispatchers.

Uber Technologies, Inc. has agreed to expand the proposed settlement it reached with the Federal Trade Commission past year over charges that the ride-sharing company deceived consumers about its privacy and data security practices.

The company is also utilizing a new system aimed at notifying the company when drivers in the system are involved in a criminal offense.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi appeared on NBC's Today Show on Thursday morning, addressing a number of hot topics tech in rapid succession, ranging from Facebook and privacy rights, self-driving cars, and the company's sexual harassment scandals.

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"I am committed to being true partners to cities for the long term", Khosrowshahi said.

"We've also announced that Jeh Johnson, who is a former secretary of Homeland Security, a pre-eminent safety expert, is going to be running, chairing our safety council, which will help us get better and better and better in this regard".

The Federal Trade Commission said Uber failed to disclose the leak, which occurred in 2016, even as the agency investigated and sanctioned the company in 2017 for a similar data breach that happened in 2014. In its original FTC settlement, Uber agreed to disclose any future security incidents in a timely manner and submit to 20 years of periodic privacy audits.

Even more strikingly, that private information was exposed in the exact same way as the earlier 2014 screwup that the FTC was digging into: data stored on Amazon Web Services S3 cloud servers was accessed using a key that an Uber engineer had somehow made public on GitHub.

The FTC said the expanded settlement seeks to ensure Uber "does not engage in similar misconduct again".

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