Uber's Android and iOS apps will soon track location when running in background

Uber's Android and iOS apps will soon track location when running in background
In a recent blog post, Uber announced that its iPhone and Android apps will soon be updated with the ability to track location even when running in background. The change, which affect both drivers and riders, is detailed in a new privacy policy. 

At the moment, Uber's iPhone and Android apps can only access location data when the app is opened and on screen. Uber says that the ability to track user location when the app is running in background will help "get people on their way more quickly" by making sure that the location of both drivers and riders will be updated in real time.

The new Uber update will also ask for access to contacts data. This information will be required to take advantage of a new service planned by the ride-sharing company, one that will allow customers to send special offers to their friends and family. 

Fortunately, current Uber users have to opt-in to the changes, which will start taking effect on July 15, meaning that no user will be grandfathered into the new privacy policy. Although it asks for more data from its users, Uber says that it has doubled the number of people working in its privacy team, and that the new privacy policy is not only much shorter than the old one, but also much easier to understand for people that don't have a law degree.

What do you guys think of this recent decision? Do you think that sharing more of your personal information with Uber can help make the service better with no detriment to your privacy? Drop us a comment in the section below and share your thoughts!

source: Uber

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7 Comments

1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The part about making the app better for users is bs. They want these permissions to advertise. Sounds like unless you want to spam my friends these permissions are unnecessary. App devs should make permissions optional so if you want the extra functionality you have the OPTION of granting them

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Uber says that it has doubled the number of people working in its privacy team," Doubled to two people, lol. Yep sounds like BS to me too.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

app permissions in Android M couldn't come sooner

3. waddup121 unregistered

very nice!

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just what the world needs: yet another company invading your privacy and tracking your whereabouts. Big Brother is watching indeed.

6. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Crap seems that I'll go back to Nokia 1100 lol.

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

gps off when you are not using it yourself is just the smartest thing to do. But yeah being able to manage app access data directly in android has been too long in coming, that said most of it can be worked around, but even so, android m sooner rather then later please.

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