July 15 (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) on Thursday reached a initial settlement with a California regulator for sharing facts on sexual attack and harassment claims on its platform whilst protective victims’ privateness and heading off a $fifty nine million fine.
Under the thought mentioned in a regulatory submitting with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the penalty might be decreased to $150,000, however Uber might pay $nine million to aid a nation victims’ fund and assist create industry-extensive protection and reporting standards.
The CPUC fined Uber in December after the organisation refused to proportion victims’ unique information, inclusive of complete names and speak to information, arguing that doing so might violate their proper to privateness.
The dispute stems from a protection record Uber launched in December 2019, disclosing 6,000 reviews of sexual attack associated with 2.three billion journeys withinside the United States in 2017 and 2018.
That record, geared toward making sure drivers and the general public that Uber become critical approximately protection, has positioned the organisation withinside the spotlight. Rival ride-hailing organisation Lyft Inc (LYFT.O) has promised a comparable record, however stated it’d wait for the belief of the CPUC techniques earlier than freeing its facts.
The settlement proposed via way of means of Uber, a department of the CPUC and an anti-sexual abuse group, might see Uber offer anonymized facts on beyond times of attack to the business enterprise.
Going ahead, Uber will even offer anonymized facts, however provide people the cappotential to decide in to being contacted via way of means of the CPUC after they record a claim. All ride-hail groups running in California, inclusive of Lyft, might must observe the ones destiny facts requests.
The settlement is problem to approval via way of means of an administrative choose and the total commission.