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.
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