Less than a week after a report from the New York Times exposed Uber's use of special software to covertly evade local law enforcement, the ride-hailing company says it will stop using its "Greyball" tool for that purpose.
We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced.
Uber's "Greyball" software added to a growing list of ethical questions surrounding Uber—with Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna calling it "deeply disturbing."