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Wired | 08.15.17

Uber Settles with FTC Again, This Time over 2014 Privacy Breach

Alex Rosenblat

D&S Researcher Alex Rosenblat was interviewed about Uber for Klint Finley’s article in Wired

Tuesday’s agreement may not be the end of Uber’s problems with the FTC either. Hartzog says a recent paper by University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo and multidisciplinary researcher Alex Rosenblat of the research institute Data & Society points to other potential privacy concerns, such as monitoring how much battery power remains on a user’s device, because users with little juice might be willing to pay more for a ride.

‘When a company can design an environment from scratch, track consumer behavior in that environment, and change the conditions throughout that environment based on what the firm observes, the possibilities to manipulate are legion,’ Calo and Rosenblat write. ‘Companies can reach consumers at their most vulnerable, nudge them into overconsumption, and charge each consumer the most he or she may be willing to pay.’

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