Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over “Greyball” Software Featured

  05 May 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that allegedly helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators.

The software, known as "Greyball," allegedly helped Uber identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, such as Portland, Oregon. The company prohibited the use of “Greyball” for this purpose shortly after the New York Times revealed its existence in March, saying the program was created to check ride requests to prevent fraud and safeguard drivers. The Times report triggered a barrage of negative publicity for the company. Read more here.