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May 7, 2017

UBER's FAKE APP * USA: To stymie Federal Inspectors

* DC - Uber-Federal Investigation: The $ 60 billion Co. battle with the heavily regulated taxi industry

--- The Justice Department is probing allegations that Uber used phony software to thwart city officials looking at whether the ride-hailing company was following local regulations... The city of Portland, Oregon, said in an April audit report that it was notified of the federal inquiry by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Portland says it is cooperating. Uber and the U.S. Attorney’s Office both declined to comment... Uber’s software — nicknamed “Greyball” — identified regulators who posed as riders while trying to collect evidence that Uber’s service was breaking taxi laws. Uber allegedly served up a fake version of its app to make it appear the undercover regulators were summoning a car, only to have the ride canceled... In the audit report, the Portland Bureau of Transportation found that Uber tagged 17 rider accounts with Greyball, 16 of which were government officials. Uber used the software to “intentionally evade” city transportation officers between Dec. 5 and Dec. 19, 2014, the report said... The company’s cat-and-mouse game with regulators is just one example of Uber’s aggressive tactics in its battle with the heavily regulated taxi industry. Uber has built a rapidly growing company valued by its investors at more than $60 billion — but one that is nevertheless frequently accused of bending the rules...
Washington, DC, USA - Associated Press/The Detroit News - May 5, 2017

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