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According to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Company, the ride sharing company Uber is once again coming under scrutiny for deploying software that helped the international ride-sharer stifle competition.
In the report, an anonymous senior source at Uber confirmed that in 2015 the company developed and used software called 'Surfcam,' which allowed it to glean information on the names, location, and registrations of competing drivers.
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The firm reportedly used the data to poach employees and undermine other ride sharing businesses.
The target of Uber's Surfcam software, says the report, was fellow ride sharing company GoCatch, a major competitor to Uber upon entering Australia's market in 2014.
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While Surfcam's existence was first reported by Bloomberg in 2017, when Uber was revealed to have been using the software to similar effect in Singapore, the most recent report from ABC is the first-ever account that it had been deployed in Australia.
In recent years, Uber has contended with a number of national scandals, several of which have centered on the use of similar technologies that it deployed to help bolster its business and sabotage both regulators and competitors.
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