First reported by Bloomberg, Uber Technologies Inc. is now involved and facing five separate criminal probes by the U.S. Justice Department, which is two more the previously known cases.
Officials are investigating Uber for its violations and unethical business practices. One of the allegations is, Uber is being investigated for speculations of stealing Waymo’s, Alphabet’s self driving unit, technology. Waymo sued Uber earlier in the year on allegations that Uber had stolen documents pertaining to Waymo’s technology. Waymo was seeking nearly $2.6 billion for damages.
The case between Waymo and Uber is just one of the handful of investigations Uber is involved in. The other investigations include Uber’s use of the Greyball software which was used to hide its drivers from law enforcement officials. The software would backtrace locations and payment methods associated with government workers and would purposely block the ride between the driver and official. Uber used this software in areas where the company didn’t not have licensing to operate.
Uber’s use of Greyball then led to an investigation about the company bribing officials.
Another probe is Uber’s use of a software, codenamed “Hell”, where the company spied on competitors to compare prices. Uber would spy on competitors such as Lyft and compares the prices between the two and offer lower fares. Uber would also hand out promotions and discounts to have passengers user Uber over others.
Other allegations include a criminal bribery probe when an ex-Uber official obtained medical records in India, first reported by the Recode. After the executive went to former CEO Travis Kalanick about the matter. After Recode had asked about the matter, Uber shortly then fired the executive.
Uber was also under the spotlight after the city of London had not reissued its license to operate in London saying that the company was unfit and unsafe to operate in the city. Then shortly after, Uber terminated its services in Quebec saying that the regulations were “too strict.”
From all the allegations and scandals, ultimately led Kalanick to step down as Uber CEO, but maintain a position on the board, which he ran into hot water after appointing two members to the board without consulting with the rest of the board.
Former Expedia CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, took the reigns as Uber CEO and succeed Kalanick in September. He warned Uber employees when he took the position to prepare for the next painful six months to come.
Uber now constantly seems to under the spotlight for allegations. It’s no surprise that Khosrowshahi took the position knowing the burden that it carried. Khosrowshahi is tasked with the arduous task of reshaping the company that Kalanick had left after he stepped down.