Thousands of information leaks Confidential files reveal a treasure trove of Uber’s rough and illegal behavior.Uber files that were originally shared Parents And that International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsA company that deliberately broke the law, made extreme efforts to avoid justice, lobbied secretly to the government, received help from top politicians, and used violence against drivers to strengthen its business. Please show.
A terrible leak of over 124,000 documents, now known as Uber files, spans the five years from 2013 to 2017. It covers Uber’s operations across 40 countries when Uber was run by co-founder Travis Kalanick. The approach to deploying ride-hailing services in cities around the world is the same even if it violates local laws and taxi regulations.
Documents containing 1,000 other files, including 83,000 emails and conversations, with the support of world leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, and Uber’s $ 90 million lobbying annually to confuse them. For the first time, it was revealed that a public relations campaign will be held. European taxi industry.
and statementUber spokesman Jill Hazelbaker admitted many of Uber’s mistakes under the control of Karanik, but his successor, Dara Khosrowshahi, “is tasked with transforming every aspect of Uber’s way of operating.” , “We have introduced the strict controls and compliance required for operations. As a public company.”
“We have not made or will not make excuses for past actions that are clearly inconsistent with current values. Instead, what have we done in the last five years, and in the future? We ask the public to judge us by what they do in the next few years, “she said.
Over the past five years, the company has been spending millions of dollars on lobbying and marketing campaigns, allowing drivers to continue to be treated as independent contractors rather than employees. The company recently Shareholder Proposals to Gain Transparency in Uber Lobbying..
Contrary to Hazelbaker’s statement that Uber has been a reformed company since 2017, Karanik resigned as CEO amid a storm of concerns about Uber’s work culture, including sexual harassment, racism, and allegations of bullying. — Uber continues to operate the service as is, even if local law requires that the driver be treated as an employee. And despite violent protests and attacks against drivers dated well beyond 2017 Uber continues to operate in countries and cities Local regulators say drivers must have a license to operate a taxi service.
Let’s break down some of the contents of the Uber file.
First name-based “Emanuel” and “Travis”
Paris was the first European city to be launched by Uber, which fought fiercely with new technology companies. French taxi drivers have staged protests that often become violent. However, Macron, who was just appointed Minister of Economy in 2014, thought it would help Uber create new jobs and economic growth. After meeting with the company’s lobbyists that October, Macron will become a defender of Uber’s interests within the government and will work to rewrite the law in favor of Uber, the file shows.
Uber lobbyist Mark MacGann described the meeting as “great.” “Let me never see it,” he said, “I have a lot of work to do, but I’ll dance soon.”
According to the file, Macron and Karanick, who soon became the first name base, met at least four times, including at the World Economic Forum in Paris and Davos, Switzerland.
“The openness and welcome we receive is unusual in government-industry relations,” Uber wrote to Macron, saying he was “extremely grateful” for his kind treatment.
That year, Macron worked with Uber to rewrite the French law governing services. Uber has launched Uber Pop. This is a service that allows unlicensed drivers to offer vehicles at discounted prices. This service was initially banned by the government, but, like Uber’s approach, it continued to service, challenging the law.
“Uber outlines the regulatory framework for ride-sharing,” the email from Karanick to Macron said. “We will connect each team and begin working on feasible proposals that could be a formal framework in France.”
According to the file, when taxi driver protests intensified in June 2015, Macron sent a text to Karanick, “Next week, we’ll get everyone together to prepare for reform and amend the law.” On the same day, Uber stopped Uber Pop in France. Later that year, Macron approved a decree that relaxed Uber driver licensing requirements.
Macron’s spokesman Email to BBC: “His duties have, of course, allowed him to meet and interact with many companies in the services sector that are engaged in the rapid changes that occurred that year. This poses administrative and regulatory hurdles. It had to be promoted by releasing it. “
Apart from Macron, the file also shows how Neelie Kroes, a former EU digital commissioner and one of Brussels’ top executives, was talking about joining Uber before the end of his term. Kroes is also apparently lobbying the company in secret and may be in breach of EU ethical rules.
“Violence guarantees success”
The leaked file reveals a cache of incredibly straightforward and direct conversations between Karanick and other high officials, with many unethical practices for high officials who did not promise to assist Uber. Reveal contempt. Perhaps the most unpleasant is the one that seems to be abusing violence against the driver.
In one exchange, Uber executives warned against sending drivers to protests in France that could lead to violence from angry taxi drivers.
“I think it’s worth it,” Karanick wrote. “Guarantee of violence[s] success. “
In the statement“We never suggested that Uber should take advantage of violence at the expense of driver safety … Calanick accused him of directing, engaging in, or engaging in any of these activities,” a Kalanik spokesman said. Is completely wrong. “
Uber’s decision to know the risks and send the driver to a potentially dangerous protest, according to a former senior executive, is the company’s strategy to “weaponize” the driver and use violence to “continue to burn the controversy.” I told the Guardian that it was in agreement.
The leaked email suggests that such a strategy was repeated in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. For example, when a masked man (an angry taxi driver) in Amsterdam attacked a Uber driver with a brass knuckles and a hammer in March 2015, Uber tried to use violence to win a concession from the Dutch government. And the file shows.
Uber urged driver victims to submit police reports. This report was shared with the leading Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
“”[They] It will be published on the front page tomorrow without fingerprints, “writes one manager. “We will continue the story of violence for several days before providing a solution.”
Hazelbaker admitted that the company had abused drivers in the past, but that didn’t mean that everyone wanted violence against them.
“There are a lot of things that our former CEO said nearly 10 years ago that he would never tolerate today,” she said. “But one of the things we know and feel strongly about is that no one at Uber is happy with the violence against drivers.”
Despite Uber’s openly concealing innocence and trying to define an angry taxi driver and the regulated taxi market as a “cartel,” the company learns that it operates illegally in many cities. It seems that it was.
Staff in internal emails mentioning Uber’s “non-legal status” and other forms of operational services that violate national regulations such as the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey and Russia. Has been clarified.
One senior manager wrote in an email: “We are not legal in many countries. We should avoid hostile remarks.” Another executive responded to Uber’s strategy to “avoid enforcement,” “we formally. I became a pirate. “
A message to colleagues in 2014 by Nairi Hourdaijan, Uber’s Head of Global Communications, even says, “There can be problems because we are illegal.”
Regulators, police and transport authorities around the world have worked to crack down on Uber. Some officials will download the app to call your vehicle so you can do sting operations on unlicensed taxi trips or in a fine Uber or driver’s car. Offices in dozens of countries were attacked by authorities.
That’s where the “kill switch” came in. When law enforcement gains access to a company’s computer, Uber activates a “kill switch” to restrict executives’ access to sensitive company data, such as a list of drivers. ..
The file reveals that, according to an email from his account, Karanick asked the staff to press the Amsterdam emergency stop button “as soon as possible” at least once. They also reveal that this method, scrutinized and approved by Uber’s lawyers and regulatory departments, has been used at least 12 times during attacks in Belgium, France, India, Hungary, the Netherlands and Romania.
A Kalanik spokesperson said in a statement that such a protocol is a common business practice that protects intellectual property and customer privacy and is not designed to interfere with justice. She also stated that Karanik “has never been prosecuted in any jurisdiction for obstruction of justice or related crimes.”
(Calanic Have In the past, he was charged with the following allegations: He paid the hacker $ 100,000 To cover up robbers who stole personal information from about 57 million Uber users and drivers in 2016. )
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