Uber’s former forensic investigator Samuel Ward Spangenberg has opened up about his concerns surrounding the cab company’s treatment of private information.
Apparently Uber employees are using the company’s collection of personal information to keep tabs on celebrities and exes.
Spangenberg, who was fired 11 months after voicing his concerns regarding the company’s handling of private information to Uber executives, is currently suing Uber alleging age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation.
“Uber’s lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses,” Spangenberg wrote in a court declaration that was made in October.
In addition to other celebrities’ accounts that are involved, Spangenberg reported that even Beyonce’s account has been monitored by employees of the company.
Uber collects copious amounts of data from its users, including location before, during, and even after a trip ends. Thousands of employees work for the company, so anybody could be abusing this information. Not only is this a breach of trust between Uber and its customers, but this also poses a very serious safety concern for its users.
Other former Uber employees have spoken out on the issue.
“When I was at the company, you could stalk an ex or look up anyone’s ride with the flimsiest of justifications,” said Uber’s former senior security engineer Michael Sierchio. “It didn’t require anyone’s approval.”
Sierchio worked for the company from early 2015 to June of this year.