Uber, Ola among taxi apps collecting lots of user data; THIS Indian app collects less information | New Companies

New Delhi: Online ride booking platforms – Uber and Ola – are among the apps that collect the most data from their passengers, according to cybersecurity firm Surfshark’s Data Sensitivity Index.

In the list, Uber ranks third while Bengaluru-based Ola ranks sixth. The report claimed that the collected data could be used by apps for third-party advertising. The ranking gave scores with a total of 18 data points collected.

According to the report, Indian bike-taxi aggregator Rapido collects the least ranking data among all ride-sharing apps. The report pointed out that Rapido collects nearly 10 times less data than the leading GrabTaxi app. Rapido only collects the rider’s name, phone number and location to provide its services, the report adds.

The cybersecurity firm pointed out that the data-intensive ridesharing and taxi apps “additionally use contact and payment information, user content, and other user data for third-party marketing purposes,” it said. reported IANS.

Surfshark’s index rated the data collection practices of the Apple Store’s 30 most popular ridesharing apps. 9 of the 30 ridesharing apps analyzed were found to be data collected for “third-party advertising”.

The report claims that ridesharing apps collect an average of 14 data points per user. Southeast Asia-based taxi platforms GrabTaxi and Russian company Yandex Go took first and second place on the list.

“Many people these days are willing to trade their privacy for convenience and share their personal information in exchange for a favor. In doing so, people leave digital footprints everywhere they go, including their personal information , their physical addresses and even the links they click on,” said Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO of Netherlands-based Surfshark.

Notably, Uber is the only ridesharing app that additionally collects sensitive user information, which can include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth information, and even biometrics. , according to the IANS report. Also Read: FMCG Colgate-Palmolive India company’s net profit rises 1.6% to Rs 252.3 crore

“But more data-intensive apps like GrabTaxi may additionally use contact and payment information, user content (photo, video, audio, etc.) and other user data for marketing purposes. third party, report says Netflix is ​​now streaming on Tata Play: DTH operator offers OTT service via combo packs

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