Uber Employees Accused of Spying on Beyonce in Court Testimony

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Uber is under scrutiny over allegations of employees abusing the company's "God view" tool to spy on personal acquaintances, high profile politicians and celebrities, including Beyonce

According to testimony from Uber's former forensic investigator Samuel Ward Spangenberg -- who is suing over allegations of age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation -- there is a widespread lack of oversight at the company for customer data. 

Spangenberg says he voiced concerns about a lack of security and was fired 11 months later, The Guardian reports. 

This concern is echoed in his lawsuit, claiming that driver and employee information is stored insecurely. 

In his suit, he also claimed the company has a "Vulnerability Management Policy" for its data security that is easily undermined by management and objected to the company's protocols to deal with government raids. 

In response, Uber has confirmed that "fewer than 10" employees have been fired for abusing the "God view" tool. It also issued a media statement, saying it "continues to increase our security investments and many of these efforts, like our multi-factor authentication checks and bug bounty program, have been widely reported. We have hundreds of security and privacy experts working around the clock to protect our data. This includes enforcing to authorised employees solely for purposes of their job responsibilities, and all potential violations are quickly and thoroughly investigated."


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