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Uber Could Record Rides in the U.S.

Uber wants to launch a program in the United States soon that would allow users to consent to an audio recording of their ride.
November 21, 2019, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Uber plans to record audio during rides in the United States as part of a new security feature, its latest push to protect riders amid rising safety concerns," reports Faiz Siddiqui.

The company will first test the program in Latin America, by allowing users to "activate an audio recording on any trip or all trips," according to Siddiqui. "Riders and drivers will not be able to listen back."

"In an interview with The Post, Sachin Kansal, Uber’s head of safety products, said the feature is expected to help prove the truth of what happened on a ride, allowing the company to take decisive action," writes Siddiqui. Whether Uber undertakes investigations into lapses in driver conduct in the name of safety rather than to protect itself from liability is a question very much raised by the article.

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Published on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in The Washington Post
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