Uber Privacy Change – Take Action
If you use Uber, there is a recent Uber privacy change – take action. Uber has recently changed the way it collects your location data in the app and this affects your privacy. Previously it had two settings for gathering data regarding your GPS location; Never or when the app was “on”. Now the the settings are never or always. We suggest you change the setting to “never”. This does NOT mean you cannot use the app, it means only when the app is open will location data be used. Lyft still has three location settings, regarding your location, Never, While using the App, and Always.
In a statement Uber says:
“Uber is a location-based service. Until this change, we only collected a riders’ location when the app was in the foreground — i.e. when it was actually open on their home screen. This created challenges with pick-ups, where having the riders’ exact location is very important, and drop offs, where knowing building entrances can create safer drop-off experiences. Collecting this data from when the rider requests a trip until five minutes after the trip has finished will help with ETAs, pick-ups, efficiency on POOL and passenger safety. If riders do not want this data collected they can opt-out and still use our service.”
Follow the link below on the Uber support page for specific instructions on how to configure your mobile device.
Uber Support Page