U. S. government is leading an investigation against Uber. The investigation began as the ride-sharing corporation used a secret tool to operate its business in the banned areas.
Uber’s Greyball Technology
Using a secret software Uber, leading ride-hailing company kept its business running ignoring restriction. Uber used “Greyball” technology to identify government officials who could stop Uber service.
Uber used the controversial technological tool in several areas around the world. In some areas like Portland, Oregon, the software, Greyball identified government officials to escape the law. In fact, Greyballed figured out the government officials and blocked them from booking any Uber rides. Uber operated its business in those cities without government approval.
Reuters reported that “Uber has acknowledged the software, known as “Greyball,” helped it identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas,… such as Portland, Oregon.”
However, Uber sent a letter to the transport regulator in Portland regarding operating Uber’s business in the country. Moreover, according to BBC “in a letter sent last week to transport regulators in Portland, Uber said it used the Greyball software “exceedingly sparingly” in the city and had not used it since April 2015 when it was granted permission to operate. “On the other hand, Uber authority abstained from commenting regarding the issue. Nevertheless, Uber got rid of Greyball as New York Times reported the greyballing in an article.