The Uber Files expose has led to a global investigation into 124,000 confidential documents belonging to Uber Technologies, Inc. The whole scandal came to light when files were leaked to various sources. So far, the investigation of the said files has revealed Uber’s tendency to defy the law, exploit drivers, dupe police, and secretly influence governments worldwide.
From 2013 to 2017, the files cover 40 countries when Uber became a global mammoth from a bold startup. The investigation has highlighted the company’s low regard for taxi regulations and forcing its way into the global cities. The leaked documents consist of iMessages, emails, and WhatsApp exchanges between the tech giant’s senior-most executives.
The leaked data of more than 124,000 Uber files’ private data lays bare the unethical practices to the world. Through the help of this, they entered the new markets, where often acting laws or rules have made their operations illegal. Later, lobbying for the laws and regulations and altering to needs.
Further The Files Reveal:
- Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, went to incredible lengths as an economy minister to support Uber.
- Using a ‘kill switch’ prevents police from accessing confidential data during raids on its offices in around six countries.
- Uber used connections to the Conservative party to persuade Boris Johnson to put efforts to stop Transport for London from introducing new regulations.
- The company hired a political operative linked to Russian oligarchs reportedly linked with Vladimir Putin. Despite inner bribery concerns, in an attempt to ensure its place in the Russian market.
How does it affect India?
The Uber files reveal internal information in the aftermath of the Delhi rape allegation in December 2014 against an Uber driver. While expressing shock and sympathy in public, the tech company’s executives crafted a narrative blaming government officials’ inability to perform background checks on drivers.
Further, the report reveals emails by senior executives of Uber advising its employees to not engage with the government. “Don’t talk to the government or folks close to the government.” “We will generally stall, be unresponsive, and often say no to what they want. This is how we operate, and it’s nearly always the best.”