Uber as a private hire operator (6)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3577
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The new Uber driver contract says 'Uber and its Affiliates reserve the right to use, share and display Driver and User ratings and comments in any manner in connection with the business of Uber and its Affiliates without attribution to or approval of Driver. Driver acknowledges that Uber and its Affiliates are distributors (without any obligation to verify) and not publishers of Driver and User ratings and comments...'. This poses a potential risk to drivers in terms of privacy and personal safety. Does Transport for London have the power to require the operator to take responsibility for safeguarding driver data? If not, is there any legal requirement on operators to safeguard driver data?

Answer

Answer for Uber as a private hire operator (6)

Answer for Uber as a private hire operator (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL does not have specific powers relating to the use and control of information other than what is prescribed in private hire legislation. TfL could report matters to the Information Commissioners Office and potentially take action if there was a breach and it considered that a licensee was no longer fit to hold a licence.