The Argentinian National Data Protection Department recently requested Uber to provide the information it collects to offer services in Argentina, the measures of protection applied and the destination of the data.
At the same time, Eduardo Bertoni, the Director National Data Protection Department, informed the public that Uber was collecting personal data of passengers as well as its drivers, including identity, current location and a number of payment methods.
Uber's response was swift. Bertoni reported: "They not only answered our questions but also we received a visit from a representative of Uber International. Nevertheless, their response is being kept confidential. We cannot reveal too many details because it is an ongoing investigation."
If violations of the Data Protection Law are found, Argentina's legislation provides that the inspection body may impose penalties of fines up to $ 100,000 or the closure or cancellation of the file, record or database.
In this context, Uber may also have to face claims from the taxi drivers' union as well as changes in procedure to accommodate government requirements if it wants to "drive safe."
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