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Uber engaged in 'illegal' spying on rivals, says ex-employee

Uber is facing at least five separate federal investigations

Mike Isaac  |  San Francisco 

For years, Uber secretly spied on key executives, drivers and employees at rival ride-hailing companies as part of a larger intelligence-gathering operation that spanned multiple countries, according to a letter made public in a federal court. The 37-page letter, written on behalf of Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security employee, detailed what he described as the formation of separate internal teams designed “expressly for the purpose of acquiring trade secrets” from major ride-sharing competitors around the world. Those teams then worked to infiltrate chat rooms ...

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First Published: Sat, December 16 2017. 23:08 IST