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Uber Fights City Proposal to Track Passenger Drop-Offs

By Ben Fractenberg | January 5, 2017 3:30pm
 Uber blasted the city for a proposed rule to track drop-off information.
Uber blasted the city for a proposed rule to track drop-off information.
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MIDTOWN — Uber is telling passengers that the city is planning to track their rides.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission held a public meeting Thursday morning to discuss proposals which would require for-hire vehicles to submit information about where they pick up and drop off passengers.

The city claims it's an effort to curb driver fatigue.

“City Hall and the TLC already require apps like Uber to hand over a lot of sensitive personal data, including pick-up locations for every ride. Now they want even more, including where passengers are dropped off,” Uber spokesman Alix Anfang said in a statement.

“This will enable them to piece together the full details of every trip New Yorkers take. We cannot understand why at the exact moment City Hall is fighting to delete municipal ID data it also wants to collect more personal information — information which it does not need and which could easily become public."

The proposed rules would use the information to limit the number of hours for-hire drivers can transport passengers to 10 hours per day and require an eight-hour break between shifts, according to the TLC’s website.

The TLC said it already collects the information from yellow and green taxis and is now trying to include for-hire vehicles, like Uber and livery cars, to track driver fatigue.

The TLC said it is not using the data to gather personal passenger information.

Uber said it was willing to submit trip duration information, but the city countered that the data would be “insufficient” and would not allow the TLC to test the validity of trip durations.

It was not immediately clear when the new rules could go into effect.