Leaked Uber Files show how it illegally expanded operations, dodged raids in India

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Uber in just a decade, has turned into a verb, derived from the brand’s perspective in India. The company was once it was a Silicon Valley start-up, its worth today is $44billion with the company operating in 72 countries and more than.

But, the rapid growth of Uber across a variety of key markets is now being attributed for evading regulations lobbying legislators, as well as exploring loopholes, an expose reveals. Sourced from The Guardian and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) The documents leaked by Uber include 124,000 internal email messages as well as text messages and other documents that are from within Uber.

The leaked documents, also reviewed through The India Express, allegedly expose the company’s previous CEO Travis Kalanick – who stepped from the company in 2017 amid accusations of encouraging an unhealthy work environment and even disregarding sexual harassment and gender discrimination at Uber. The leaked documents cover the time between 2013 to 2017.

In the case of India the file is said to show the way Uber accused India of having a “flawed” police database instead of accepting responsibility for a driver who was accused assaulting a woman who was 25 years old within New Delhi in December 2014.

The incident reportedly provoked panic in the India department, causing Uber’s head of communications Nairi Hourdajian, to send an email to a colleague that reads, “Remember that everything is not your responsibility and that there are times when we run into issues because we’re being f****** illegal”.

Uber’s Kill Switch

It’s also been reported that Uber employs an internal strategy known as”kill switch” to avoid being targeted by government agencies “kill switch” to stay out of government raids by closing down internal software. It involves Uber employees being aware of possible raids in its offices, and directing IT employees to block access to the main information systems. It basically stops authorities from collecting evidence.

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