Reviewed October 15th, 2020
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Uber

Uber Technologies Inc.
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Summary

Uber is an online platform that allows those who drive connect with riders, eaters, and restaurants. All you need is the free Uber app to request a ride or food. The app estimates the time of arrival and makes it convenient and easy to use for all members in the party.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

December 2016


Ridesharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. disclosed that hackers had stolen the personal information of about 57 million customers and drivers, and waited to disclose the news almost a year later. The names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the United States, and personal information of all 57 million Uber users was compromised.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Uber drivers get screened and must pass background checks before they can drive. Thus, it is pretty safe app to use. However, always make sure you take the necessary confirmations before getting into an Uber vehicle.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Uber does not sell or share user personal data with third parties without the users' consent. However, they use your data for research and development and to send marketing and non-marketing communications to users.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Easy-to-use, safe, and convenient for the user.
  • Uber does not sell or share user personal data with third parties.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Always be aware and confirm your driver is correct when getting into the car.

Final Thoughts


Uber is a widely known ride-share app that focuses on safety. However, on the online privacy side, they have been known to cover up breaches. In 2016, over 57 million users' information was stolen and Uber pnly decided to disclose this a year later. Be wary when using this app or providing it with user information.

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