May 5, 2017

Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code

Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the investigation, reported the Reuters news agency. In a letter sent last week to transport regulators in Portland, Uber said it used the greyball software "Exceedingly sparingly" in the city and had not used it since April 2015 when it was granted permission to operate. Uber defended its use in a blog saying the software helped it work out if a ride request was legitimate. The criminal inquiry comes at a difficult time for Uber which has faced criticism on many fronts.

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