Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
London’s black-cab maker could strike a deal soon on the second overseas market for the new electric version of its famous taxi, the boss of the Chinese Geely-owned firm told Reuters on Wednesday.
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) picked Amsterdam earlier this year as its first foreign destination, where around 225 vehicles will be used as part of a service which transports the elderly and disabled.
Chief Executive Chris Gubbey told Reuters the firm was hoping to conclude talks with a second European location soon, potentially by the end of the year.
“Quite soon hopefully there will be an announcement on the second one after Amsterdam. We’re getting very close now,” he said.
LEVC is undergoing a major expansion plan which they hope will see it sell around half of around 10,000 vehicles abroad by the turn of the decade, including a new delivery van.
Source : Rueters
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Letter To Taxi Leaks : Uber Breach Of Data : Andrew Peters Secretary GMB Brighton & Hove Taxi Section
For riders, this information included the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers related to accounts globally.
This is a global issue, but in the United Kingdom alone, this involves approximately 2.7m riders and drivers.
When this happened, we took immediate steps to secure the data, shut down further unauthorised access, and strengthen our data security.
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION?
Best advice to customers is to delete their account and contact their bank, informing them not to pay any Uber trips charged to their account.
Uber have made a statement that they encourage all users to regularly monitor their accounts for any issues.
It also appears that their own drivers are now complaining that money has been taken from their accounts!
NCSC advice for Uber customers and drivers
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
(Reuters) - Mexico's transparency body said on Sunday it would seek information from Uber about the consequences of a large data breach that the ride-hailing company disclosed on Tuesday.
The National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data said it would attempt to determine how many users, drivers and employees in Mexico had been affected, as well as the steps Uber [UBER.UL] would take to mitigate the damage and prevent such breaches from occurring in the future.
On Tuesday, Uber said it paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed personal data from around 57 million accounts.
"We confirm that no type of historical information related to trips, credit card numbers, birth dates or social security numbers was exposed in the case," an Uber spokesman said in a statement. "We will continue to provide in a timely manner all the information that pertains to this case."
The disclosure sparked concerns from regulators around the world. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that it was "closely evaluating the serious issues" presented by the incident, and Britain's data protection authority said that concealment of the data breach raised "huge concerns" about Uber's data policies and ethics.
Uber will have to stop providing its car-sharing service in Israel as of 10 AM Wednesday, after the courts ruled in favor of competing companies. A Tel Aviv judge issued an injunction to that effect on Monday.
Judge Eitan Orenstein explained that because the drivers in question lacked appropriate insurance for passengers, he could not allow Uber to continue to operate run Uber Day and Uber Night ride-sharing services using private household cars in Israel.
The Uber taxi service, however, may continue, the judge ruled.
Uber had been successfully sued by an Isreally Taxi drivers association. Separately, the Transportation Ministry sued Uber in May, on the grounds that Israeli regulation forbids taking passengers for money unless one has a taxi license. That case is still pending.
The ministry claims that not only the driver, but even passnengers are in violation of the law. In the suit they name Uber's local manager, Yoni Greifman, and six drivers as those who are accused of taking passengers for pay.
Uber began operating in Israel in late 2016, on a small pilot basis. It expanded its carpooling operations over a month ago despite objections from the government.
A source at the Transportation Ministry speaking on condition of anonymity told TheMarker, "Someone boarding an Uber car is a criminal - both driver and passenger."
"The ministry is conducting a legal petition against the company, and there is the possibilty of filing of an interim injunction against its activities and the opening of a full criminal proceeding. A criminal proceeding will be conducted against anyone who provides the service or is a passenger and against the company itself. The legal counsel of the transportation ministry is working with all the relevant parties to find the most appropriate path forward." the source said.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
In a disturbing turn of events, Uber has been tracking oblivious iPhone users even after they removed the application from their phone. Two years ago, the situation escalated to such an extent that CEO Travis Kalanick earned a slap on the wrist from Apple mogul Tim Cook.
The New York Times reported that Kalanick pulled a "fast one" on Apple back in 2015 when the app continued to identify and tag iPhone users after they had deleted it from their phones. In doing so, Kalanick's company violated Apple's privacy guidelines and was nearly booted off the App Store.
The practice is called 'fingerprinting,' which Uber used on iPhones initially as a fraud-prevention method. It is a piece of code that identifies a specific iPhone, locates it, and remembers it. Uber hoodwinked Apple engineers by geofencing Apple's Cupertino headquarters to hide this code, but Cook & Co. soon discovered the deception. The whole debacle resulted in an awkward face-to-face meeting for Kalanick at Apple headquarters back in 2015 where Uber was forced to comply with Apple's regulations.