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The company prohibited the use of Greyball for this purpose shortly after the New York Times revealed its existence in March, saying the program was created to check ride requests to prevent fraud and safeguard drivers. The Times report triggered a barrage of negative publicity for the company.

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The system might have gone farther than suggested by Uber’s terms of service for app users. For example cheap jordans online , it mined credit card information to see if the owner was affiliated with a credit union used by police and checked social media profiles to assess the likelihood that the person cheap jordans in stores was in law enforcement.

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Uber said it used the Greyball technology in December 2014, while it was operating without approval, because it was “deeply concerned that its driver partners would be penalized financially” or otherwise for their driving.