Tag: Uber

57 million customer Uber data breach didn’t affect Africa

Startups, Technology
Taxi-hailing company Uber has told ITWeb Africa that a recently surfaced data breach, which the company experienced last year affecting 57 million customers and drivers, only affected the US. The company would not comment or disclose details of measures it is currently taking to ensure the integrity of its systems and security of drivers or riders in Africa. Bloomberg reported that Uber not only kept the security breach secret from the victims, but also paid the hackers US$100,000 to "delete the data [and] keep quiet." Bloomberg quotes Uber as follows: "Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world...The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 6...
Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Business, Technology
Drivers attached to online taxi service providers have said they will down their tools on Monday to protest reduction of their wages. The drivers allied to Uber, Taxify, Little Cab and Mondo Ride say the management decided to lower their rates without consulting them. They said the strike was prompted by the improper management of their service providers with their services not to be availed until further notice. In a phone interview with Digital Taxi Association of Kenya’s (DTAK) Chair Mr. David Muteru, he echoed the above stating, “We are differing on pricing, because the prices are just not fare. The service providers commission is still high but they keep lowering the fares to accommodate customers.” When asked about the impending strike, the chair stated that they will be pre
Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Technology
San Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber announced that it has completed 500 million trips in India since its launch in the country in 2013. The trips add up to mark Uber’s Six billion trips worldwide ever since its launch in 2010. The company entered Bangalore in 2013 and has expanded to 29 cities in India till date. The company also said that it has registered double digit growth in the country and almost 2.5 times annual increase in business as of June’ 2017. It's a major milestone for Uber, which said it is "winning in India," its largest overseas market. The demand for Uber, which operates in 29 cities in India, surged by almost 2.5 times between June 2016 and June 2017, the app aggregator said. India was the 18th market for the San Francisco-headquartered company when it ente
Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women in Tech: Ushahidi confirms sexual harassment claims, taking its time to investigate

Women
The tech industry has long suffered a gender imbalance, with companies such as Google and Facebook acknowledging how few women were in their ranks. In Kenya, Ushahidi firm faces the same issues of sexual harrasment. The firm says it’s fully aware of the alleged sexual harassment claim and is investigating the matter to make sure both parties are heard and then action will be taken. However, one of the victims says the tone of the statement shows why it has taken the board years to do anything about it and the accused is still in office representing the company. According to Tech Moran,  "The Ushahidi Board is fully aware of an alleged sexual harassment claim lodged by an employee (who has since chosen to leave the company), against one of our senior employees and has prioritised a
Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Business, Startups, Technology
Uber has announced new rules that bars users below the age of 18 from having an uber account as it introduced tough new rules for riders and clients. This follows complaints from clients and riders going as far back as 2016, with the latest allegations on sexual harassment leading to the firing of 20 employees as reported this year. The new rules, published for the first time ,explain why riders can lose access to Uber. “Those under the age of 18 can take an Uber with adult supervision, but cannot have an account themselves. Parents or guardians need to accompany children at all time,” the policy states. “Going forward, if Uber finds that an unaccompanied minor is the account holder the account will be immediately deactivated. If the company finds that the rider is under the age o