Greyball Scandal Shows Uber’s Disrespect for the Law
Another Brick in the Wall of Deceit.
Uber’s had quite a losing streak lately. The ridesharing service is repeatedly on the hot seat for allegations of fraud and violence from its drivers. The company itself is under some investigations and a high-profile fight with Google. Also, as if the news couldn’t get worse, the company regularly deceived law enforcement for years.
Wired called the situation a “terrifying pile of problems.” A Cincinnati story shows how it systematically mistreats its drivers. Another case saw drivers seeking collective bargaining rights. Multiple lawsuits accuse Uber drivers of violence. It seems like it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Greyball and Fraud.
The recent Greyball revelations are damning for the company. The New York Times reported on the growing controversy. Uber used the service across the world, including Boston and Las Vegas in the States.
The program began in 2014 and is still in use. The service was directly approved by the company’s legal team. Many cities and locations banned Uber’s services after concerns over safety. Thus, Uber used the program to deliberately deceive local officials on the nature of the rideshare program.
These issues show a complete disrespect for local law enforcement and communities. Each town and city have the statutory authority to allow or disallow certain types of business. Additionally, these municipalities are well within their rights to keep dangerous agencies and persons out and keep residents safe. Thus, we see the many bad decisions by ride-sharing apps.
We know that Uber used such a tool to fight law enforcement for years. However, the ridesharing service will not stop there. Furthermore, local and state law enforcement does its best to prevent assaults and fraud. Uber doesn’t respect that at all.
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