How Uber Skirt's the Authorities

How Uber Skirt's the Authorities

   
  
 
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    Date Obtained: 3/5/2017  URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/technology/uber-greyball-program-evade-authorities.html?ref=business  Credit: Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images

Date Obtained: 3/5/2017

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/technology/uber-greyball-program-evade-authorities.html?ref=business

Credit: Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images

Uber has been using a nifty new algorithm to evade authorities in cities that don’t want the company operating in them: Greyball. This program uses data collected in the Uber app to detect users that summon a ride who are city officials looking to stop Uber’s operations. When the technology tags a sketchy user, it will notify the Uber driver to cancel the ride and then display ‘ghost cars’ on the maps. By using Greyball, Uber is showing the world that it’s not going anywhere, regardless of whether the world’s cities like it or not.

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