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Uber Data-Scraping, Surveillance Detailed by Ex-Manager

  • Firm allegedly hired spies to track movements of competitors
  • Undercover agents impersonated taxi drivers, letter claims
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Fresh details of Uber Technologies Inc.’s alleged surveillance tactics -- by humans and electronic means -- and in particular its scraping of competitors’ information from the internet were revealed in a court filing.

Prosecutors involved in a criminal investigation of Uber learned of the tactics from a former manager of the company’s global intelligence unit who had documented them in a letter to an in-house lawyer at the ride-sharing firm.