October 23, 2021

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Uber’s $59 Million Assault Information High-quality Slashed to $150,000 (1)

A monster wonderful levied on Uber Technologies Inc. by a California regulator probing sexual assault incidents will not be so significant just after all.

Immediately after months of wrangling in excess of how to ideal guard the identity of sexual assault victims and no matter whether a massive fine was justified, Uber and the California General public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, have struck a deal. Uber will not pay back a $59 million wonderful levied by the fee past yr, nor will it disclose facts that would discover the 3,000 folks who said they suffered sexual assaults on its platform in 2018, as outlined in a 2019 firm security report. CPUC had originally questioned that the company give the commission the victims’ make contact with facts, and fined Uber when it would not release their names.

Now, Uber will alternatively spend a $150,000 high-quality to CPUC, contribute $5 million to the California Victim Compensation Board and put $4 million towards building market-extensive security requirements and education and learning, in accordance to a Thursday filing by the CPUC.

Uber will supply the CPUC with anonymized details about assault survivors, and in long run experiences about assaults on its platform, will provide victims and witnesses with the alternative to be contacted by the CPUC, according to the settlement.

Even though the deal is in between Uber and the CPUC, the filing states that upcoming CPUC details requests will use to all transportation network firms that function in the state. This usually means that Uber’s smaller rival Lyft Inc. will be requested for the similar info heading forward. Lyft also pledged to launch its personal safety review, but has still to publish a person.

Lyft and the CPUC did not instantly return requests for comment.

“We look forward to ongoing collaboration with the fee to glow a light-weight on this societal difficulty and help established the standard for basic safety and transparency in our market,” Tony West, Uber’s chief authorized officer, said in a statement.

Uber and the CPUC’s arrangement — which was arrived at all through arbitration with the assist of the Rape, Abuse & Incest Countrywide Community — have to however be approved by an administrative legislation decide and the CPUC board.

(Updates with facts from teh filing in the fifth paragraph.)

–With support from Joyce Cutler.

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