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December 06, 2016

Read the fine print: Latest Uber update tracks users after ride ends

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Uber’s latest app update includes a function for tracking users for several minutes after a ride has ended, even when the app isn’t open or active.

The purpose of the extended tracking, according to TechCrunch, is to collect data to be used for improvement, such as to track how often riders have to cross the street after being dropped off, and thus, to improve user safety.

App users will notice the tracking change as of the most recent Nov. 24 update. 

While the change is transparent, and there is a way to opt out of the extended tracking, some users feel their privacy is at risk.