Uber Courted Leaders and Duped Police To Grab New Markets

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Aug 10, 2022

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The ride-share service is under investigation after a series of documents were leaked on July 10.

Uber Files

The Guardian announced on Sunday that it had gained access to a trove of internal Uber documents. Thousands of leaked files show the company had extensive help from leaders like Emmanuel Macron and Neelie Kroes as it aggressively pushed into markets around the world.

The report also says the ride-hailing service used a “kill switch” to block access to the company’s data during police raids. Further information reveals money channeling through Bermuda and other tax havens across the globe.

Conveniently dubbed the Uber Files, the leak includes over 124,000 documents spanning between 2013 and 2017. They consist of internal texts, emails, invoices, and similar documents. The Guardian shared access to all of them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

In a written statement, Uber spokesperson Jill Hazelbaker said the company acknowledges past mistakes. The current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is in charge of “transforming every aspect of how Uber operates.”

“When we say Uber is a different company today, we mean it literally: 90 percent of current Uber employees joined after Dara became CEO,” Hazelbaker added.

Arriving at the scene in 2009, Uber wanted to skirt taxi regulations and offer less expensive transportation through its ride-sharing app. Today, it has over 93 million active users in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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