Sen. Franken questions Uber amid privacy concerns
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Sen. Al Franken is calling on Uber to answer a series of questions on consumer privacy, following concerning comments made by a senior executive for the company.
BuzzFeed News reports the executive, Emil Michael, suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media. The executive made the comments on Monday in a conversation he believed was off the record and later retracted them. Ben Smith of BuzzFeed News writes:
1/ Emil's comments at the recent dinner party were terrible and do not represent the company.— travis kalanick (@travisk) November 18, 2014
Breaking: Uber has asked Hogan Lovells to conduct full assessment of privacy practices, day after Sen. Franken slammed company in letter.— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) November 20, 2014
Franken also laid out 10 questions for Kalanick on the company's management and privacy practices, including what disciplinary actions are being taken against Michael for his remarks. Franken requested a response by Dec. 15.
Uber is a ridesharing service headquartered in San Francisco, which operates in more than 200 cities in 45 countries. Minneapolis is the only Minnesota city where the service is available.