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Privacy group complains about Uber data collection

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    Uber Technologies’ new data collection policy, allowing the ride-hailing company to access a user’s location even when the smartphone app is not actively in use, violates the privacy rights and personal safety of U.S. customers, according to a complaint filed Monday by a privacy group.

    With upcoming changes to its privacy policy, Uber “will claim the right to collect personal contact information and detailed location data of American consumers, even when they are not using the service,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center wrote in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    EPIC also objected to Uber’s plans to access the information from users’ phones’ address books and send out promotional materials to contacts listed there.

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