• Uber Hires Legal Counsel from Apple to Work on Privacy Issues



    Uber, the popular connected transportation service, has recently hired away Apple lawyer, Sabrina Ross, to work on an internal team that is set to focus on privacy law. Ross is said to work on a team led by Katherine Tassi, the companyís managing counsel and former head of data protection at Facebook according to a report from Re/code.

    The folks over at Re/code confirmed Rossí move stating that her new position involves work that has to do with privacy concerns, including strategic Uber partnerships and regulatory policy issues. For those of you who didnít know, Ross worked at Apple for a little over one year as the companyís privacy counsel before leaving in April.

    Uber recently came under the limelight after it was discovered that employees were capable of monitoring customersí locations in real-time even after a ride transaction was completed. After having received a lot of flak for the functionality, the company has since removed it and is working hard to clamp down on user privacy problems. Customer location data appears to be the key to Uberís appeal as an on-demand transportation service. When users request a car through the Uber smartphone app, GPS positioning data is sent out to nearby drivers for quick pickups at the press of a button. Customers can than view driver details including a requested carís position and estimated arrival time.

    The companyís recent move to hire an Apple employee isnít the first of its kind either. Last July, Uber hired a senior engineer from the Cupertino California companyís mapping department as well.

    Source: Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Uber Hires Legal Counsel from Apple to Work on Privacy Issues started by Akshay Masand View original post
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