Uber is suing Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation asked Uber to start providing real-time location data for its scooters. But Vice reports that Uber, which owns scooter company Jump, said it will not share this data because of privacy concerns. The company plans to file a lawsuit to stop LADOT from suspending the company's permit to operate in the city, according to Vice.
- What each side wants: Los Angeles wants the anonymized scooter data so it can verify that scooters are being placed in lower-income areas and are available for those residents. Additionally, the city “wants to check which companies may be ignoring rules that limit the number of vehicles they are allowed to operate,” according to Vice. But activists and Uber are worried about the “privacy implications of sharing such data with the city, and argue it could, if deanonymized, unmask individual riders.”