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Franken Wants More Answers From Uber

On the eve of the annual Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28), Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked Uber for more information on its data privacy policies.

He had asked the app-based taxi service late last year for information on the "scope, transparency and enforceability" of those policies but was not happy with what he said was a lack of detail.

He wants answers to follow-up questions by Feb. 11, covering topics including Uber's indefinite retention of customers' personal information, customers' ability to opt in or out of information sharing with third parties and how the company determines which employees should have access to customer records.

Franken has been one of the most active senators in the privacy space and is currently ranking member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. Uber, based in San Francisco, is available in 50 cities across 25 countries.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.