Uber's privacy regime slammed | Law

Uber's privacy regime slammed

David Vaile, Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, comments in The Australian Financial Review (24 November) on Uber's privacy regime after a top executive publicly discussed the possibility of creating dirt files on journalists who wrote negatively about the firm.

David Vaile, said the privacy problems went deeper than the actions of one Uber executive, all the way to the root of Silicon Valley. 'It stems from what some people call the Californian ideology from Silicon Valley, which is 'we're the future, get out of the way. All previous barriers are stuff we'll just ride over the top of," Mr Vaile said. "It started with the Grace Hopper philosophy: to ask for forgiveness, not permission. It sounds very attractive, but it's actually quite chilling. "Mr Vaile said the culture of failing quickly in tech start-ups had led to many companies building inherently disposable prototypes and sacrificing some of the traditional safeguards around security and insurance. "The problem is information about real people is not disposable. "Often it's not recognised that in individual instances a lot of the advantages these companies gain comesthrough trying to cheat or evade their responsibilities," he said.

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