Uber Technologies Inc is rumored to be under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, for use of a software tool which enabled its drivers to evade local transportation regulators.
According to an article by Reuters, Uber has acknowledged that 'Greyball,' the software in question, helped recognize and bypass government officials who were trying to crackdown on Uber in regions where its service had not yet been given the green light to operate. One such location where Uber was still not allowed to function was Portland, Oregon.
Uber forbid the use of Greyball after the New York Times broke the news of its existence in March, stating it was created to verify ride requests to avoid fraud and safeguard drivers. The Times article sprung a plethora of non-favorable attention for the company, among it the current criminal probe.
The nature of any potential federal criminal violation, and the likelihood of anyone being charged, is unclear.
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