Last Fall Uber rolled out a change that allowed the app to continue to track your location for 5 minutes after your ride with them was over. There was no way to stop this. Either the app had access to your location (which almost everyone gives it) or it doesn’t.
Now they’re going to update the app to offer three options:
- Location tracking on
- Location tracking off
- Location tracking only when Uber is in use
An update to the app made last November eliminated the option for users to limit data gathering to only when the app is in use, instead forcing them to choose between letting Uber always collect location data or never collect it.
Uber said it needed permission to always gather data in order to track riders for five minutes after a trip was completed, which the company believed could help in ensuring customers’ physical safety. The option to never track required riders to manually enter pickup and drop-off addresses.
However the change here “will initially only be available to iPhone users” with an update for Android something “Uber intends..”
If Uber wants me to give up my privacy after a ride they had darned well offer a big signup bonus for their new credit card.
(HT: Alan H.)