Monday, 7 November 2016

34. Commute gold mine #4

This one will be the last in the series of Commute gold mining for now. When new ideas pop up I'll re open the case.

The Uber catch I spoke about in Commute gold mine #3, Terms and Conditions.
As with every app for personal use or entertainment, I bet people tend to agree on T’s&C’s quite easily. Prime example: that one app my colleagues and I enjoy so much: Untappd.
This may be odd, writing about an app for driving cars together with a beer-tasting one!  We all know we should NEVER DUI!

Where obviously this app belongs in the standard toolkit of every special-brew-admirer, a selection of privacy privileges are sacrificed. Where this is “only” for fun (is it?) to share check-in locations, pictures of brews and share your opinion on tastes I suspect the Terms and Conditions documents are hardly ever read. By anyone. Am I right?

Starting off, the privacy statement for drivers (outside of the U.S.): Off course Uber requires all personal information about who’s actually going to sit behind the wheel and that is all well and good. But:

Log Information: When you interact with the Services, we collect server logs, which may include information like device IP address, access dates and times, app features or pages viewed, app crashes and other system activity, type of browser, and the third-party site or service you were using before interacting with our Services.

All in all, I believe this means you’ve just sold out on all your personal movements on your device. From business to non-business. Left to right and vice versa.

After having read the full 9 pages of legal text of the taxi service I still wasn’t convinced, my enrollment for Uber is now officially downgraded to test case only. I wasn’t actually planning on visiting their headquarters anyway.


But still, apparently there’s around a 50.000 Euros (agreed, that’s way more than my yearly salary) to be made PER YEAR! Crazy money for taxiing around? Of maybe fool’s gold or clickbait as it would probably be called now, they don’t tell just how many hours I have to drive for them...

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