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Big News Saturday September 9, 2017
Taxi wars: Did Uber use software to track Lyft drivers?
In a bid to ascertain whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, the Justice Department in Manhattan has reportedly opened a probe. On Friday, sources revealed that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York's Southern District are reportedly trying to ascertain if Uber’s use of the software, which created fake customer accounts, broke any federal laws. Earlier this year, the revelation about a software known inside Uber as ‘Hell’ sent shockwaves in the industry and intensified Uber’s legal woes. A Lyft driver in San Francisco filed a federal class action, alleging that Uber developed the "spyware" that allowed it to pose as Lyft customers and gain access to its computer systems. The software was revealed to let Uber access the location of up to eight Lyft drivers at one time and get their unique Lyft identification number. The lawsuit alleged that Uber then used that number to track the drivers' locations. After this, the lawsuit pointed out that...Read more