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Former Employee Sues Uber, Alleges Spying

A former employee accuses Uber workers of spying on celebrities, politicians and even ex-girlfriends.

Samuel Ward Spanenberg, Uber’s former forensic investigator, is suing the ride-sharing company.

Spanenberg alleges he was fired 11 months after alerting Uber executives to these and other privacy concerns.

Spanenberg’s allegations are laid out in California court documents filed in October but first revealed Monday, Dec. 12, by the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “Reveal” project.

It details how Spanenberg claims Uber’s real-time tracking technology — the so-called ‘God View’ — was abused to spy on certain users, including music mogul Beyoncé.

Further court filings show that Uber denies all of Spanenberg’s allegations.

The company also released a statement to the “Reveal” project defending how it protects customer data.

Uber says, “We have hundreds of security and privacy experts working around the clock to protect our data.

” The statement acknowledges that at least 10 employees have been fired for improperly accessing data.

For NewsBeat Social, I’m Molly Riehl.