Uber hires Hogan Lovells to advise on internal privacy investigation

Hogan Lovells has been appointed by Uber Technologies to conduct an in-depth review of its existing data privacy program following criticism about an Uber executive snooping on a journalist.

The Hogan Lovells team will be led by Washington DC-based privacy partner Harriet Pearson, who was previously IBM’s vice president, security counsel and chief privacy officer.

This internal investigation has been called after an Uber executive was reported to have tracked a journalist’s location through the company’s ‘God View’ GPS-style application.

The firm has not specified how long the internal investigation will last. Pearson said: “Trust founded on confidentiality and information security lies at the very heart of Uber’s business and we will be working with the team to review and reinforce where appropriate its policies and systems.”

The company, which produces an app allowing individuals to offer taxi services, has come under fire around the world as it has rolled out its technology into new jurisdictions. Earlier this year Transport for London launched a High Court claim against the company, seeking a ruling over whether the Uber app infringed ‘taximeter’ rules (13 June 2014).

In Germany, Uber turned to Hengeler Mueller as it defended its product against claims by local authorities that the service broke transportation regulations (28 August 2014).