Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Your Data, Being Sold To Interested Third Parties.

So, I wonder who told Uber, Aygun was a Taxi Driver?

The Question that needs to be answered! 

Established:  Transport for London has an Open Data Policy.  

I am of the understanding that TFL are, where commercially and technically viable, committed to syndicating open data to third parties,  

I am of the opinion that this policy of acquiesce escalates data from public to super-public, which is then used ultra virally by Uber Technologies for recruitment purposes?  

If this is the case, we should instruct TFL to remove all data pertaining to us. Unequivocally, I do not want my public data (or 'open data') being released for developers to use in Uber’s own software. Further,  if it is being sold, considering TFL’s obsession with the cost index, then why am I not getting a cut of the profits.  

TFL’s dire ability to synchronise  all transport options has a lot to do with their proclivity for the stick rather than the carrot which has only exasperated the  malignant relationship  between the taxi trade and transport for London.  

Disingenuously, the Government and Tfl’s adoration of the Corporate market presents the great taxi debate as a question of a monopoly versus competition? Leon Daniels’ assertion that it is not his place to interfere with the market, is the very reason he should not continue in his position on Surface Transport. 

In any metropolis, to discount  a social concept interjects a fallacy in composition. London has an increasingly finite number of roads, and due to the way we shop on line, this  space has to serve many requirements, not least expanding amounts of traffic. It's true that fewer families own cars but delivery services en masse, negate their impact.  

TFL would love us all to work from the Uber platform, but it's not TFL that holds the power of balance. As we have seen, there is increasing competition for a scarce resource, effectively, supply (road space) cannot meet demand (public/private transport, bicycles, an intensifying built environment) 

No doubt about it, where state regulation fails, private enterprise regulation in the form of cartels rise up and ensure they are not impeded by the limits of social concepts.  

TFL and its board of vested interests have demonstrated that they are unable to balance the equitable use of a scarce resource and at the same time made enemies of the only industry that could see flaws in their operation clearer than navigating their way from Manor House to Gibson Square.  

If TFL have shared taxi driver data with Uber, then it's just more of the state assisting  private enterprise.  

To readdress the balance, the big question TFL need to answer is, what are they doing to promote the licensed taxi trade, in and of itself? If the answer is nothing, then I strongly 

believe that we cannot any longer be regulated by a board that has no comprehension of why the transience of a major city cannot be solely reliant on market forces.  

Sean Paul Day 


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Anonymous said...

Through the data protection act, you're legally entitled to know what information a company holds about you, why they hold it and where they got it from. I would recommend Aygun submits a subject access request (costs £10) to Uber and you will have answers to many of the questions you ask here.