“What the company calls a privacy announcement actually serves a different purpose. It actually gives the company many more permissions,” said Julia Horwitz, a coordinator of EPIC.
Uber did state that location services can be disabled via a device’s settings, but that won’t stop the company from collecting user location data through their IP addresses. Additionally, while iOS devices can disable the syncing of contacts, Android devices offer no such function. That means those users will have no way to prevent Uber from harvesting their address book information.