The last few months haven’t been great for peer-based ride sharing service Uber.
Last month the company caught heat for revealing that it had previously used its technology to track people without their consent, had a top executive suggest that Uber should use its tech to dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company, and then spent the following few weeks backtracking. And now, the company might be facing a lawsuit.
Today police in India arrested an Uber driver, identified as Shiv Kumar Yadav, who has been accused of raping a female passenger. Police said they plan to pursue legal action against Uber for not running a background check on the man prior to approving him as a driver as well as the absence of a GPS locator in the driver’s vehicle, reports Reuters.
Uber for its part said it has suspended the driver involved in the incident, and is providing all necessary information to police in India to assist with the case. Even so, I’d imagine this doesn’t look great for the ride sharing service after all the bad press it’s been getting.