SMH: This Former Uber Driver Allegedly Spied on Beyoncé

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SMH: This Former Uber Driver Allegedly Spied on Beyoncé

He abused the company's technology.

Published December 14, 2016

While Beyoncé herself may not rely on Uber to get from point A to point B like some of her #BeyHive might, the company recently found itself in hot water over the singer and other additional high-profile clientele. 

According to the report, Samuel Ward Spangenberg, a former Uber forensic investigator, had previously warned the company regarding a lack of security and has since taken action against the company by filing a lawsuit.

Additionally, Spangenberg is reportedly claiming whistleblower retaliation due to the fact he was fired 11 months after warning the company that they had apparent security problems.

During his testimony to the court, Spangenberg claimed that Uber employees were able to use a tool called "God View," allowing them to spy on "high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and ex-spouses." That celebrity list highlighted Beyoncé's name, among others.

The popular transportation company has since issued a statement in regards to the claims, stating that Uber "continues to increase our security investments and many of these efforts, like our multi-factor authentication checks and bug bounty program, have been widely reported. We have hundreds of security and privacy experts working around the clock to protect our data." 

In its statement, Uber also added, "All potential violations are quickly and thoroughly investigated."

At this time, it is not yet clear whether or not there will be any further legal action taken against the company.

That being said, one thing is certain: the #BeyHive would be quick to call for a boycott of Uber if something serious involving Beyoncé had gone down after all.

More on this story as it develops.

Written by KC Orcutt


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