The former employees said Uber did institute some new safeguards, and would flag employees who attempted to gain access to user location data without proper authority. However, Spangenberg says that if you knew what you were doing you could easily access it without getting caught. In a response to Reveal about this, Uber said that it has fired "fewer than 10" employees for gaining improper access to such data.
Spangenberg's lawsuit also accuses the company of improperly destroying documents that it was supposed to keep pending anticipated lawsuits, as well as preventing government agencies from accessing computers when they were raided by authorities.
According to Reveal, Uber's response to Spangenberg's suit was that it "generally denies each and every allegation," he's made. Interestingly though, the company's most senior security executive sent out a company-wide email on Monday after the piece was published, referring to the article and reminding employees of their obligations when it comes to privacy.
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