“God View” let Uber staff see any passenger’s activity

An Uber employee told a visiting journalist that he had tracked her, leading her to uncover an internal company tool called “God View” that let Uber staff see the travels of any passenger including both real-time and historic location, all without the passenger’s knowledge.

Uber granted job candidates provisional access to the same customer location data provided to full-time employees.  One candidate reported having this access for an entire day, even after the interview ended.  He admitted searching for records of people he knew, including politicians’ relatives.

User also displayed customer data to members of the public invited to its premises.  At a 2011 party celebrating Uber’s launch in Chicago, Uber let guests visually track passenger rides, without users’ permission or knowledge.