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Uber Tracks You After Each Journey, But You Can Stop It

Nancy Messieh 08-12-2016

If you’ve recently opened up Uber on your phone, you will have seen a new alert on how the app can access your location Uber Can Now Track Your Location At All Times Uber now has the capacity to track riders even after they have completed their journey. Which should worry anyone who cares about their privacy and security. Read More even if you’re not using it. This includes tracking you for a full five minutes after your Uber ride has ended, but there’s a way to stop it.


In addition to those five minutes after the ride, Uber points out that it tracks your location information at the following times:

  • When you are interacting with the Uber app and the app is foregrounded and visible.
  • When you’re on a trip: from the time you request a trip until when the trip is ended or canceled by the driver, even if the Uber app is running in the background and not visible to you.
  • Uber says it’s tracking this information “to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service, and to enhance safety.”

This, understandably, makes some people feel extremely uncomfortable with Uber tracking location information even when users are not using the app and they have provided information on how to stop that: disabling Uber’s location services altogether on your phone.

Since all Uber users are automatically opted in to this feature, you’re going to have to go to your phone settings to opt out. These are the instructions Uber provides:

  • On iOS: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Uber > choose “Never”
  • On Android: Settings > Apps > Uber > scroll to “Permission” > toggle “Location”
  • On Android Lollipop (5.1) and earlier: Settings > Location > toggle Off

This does, however, mean that Uber can no longer automatically detect your location so if you want to request a pickup, you’re going to have to manually enter your location.



In the big picture, this seems like a small price to pay for that extra measure of privacy.

What do you think of Uber’s move to automatically collect this information? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Location Data, Online Privacy, Uber.

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  1. A Smith
    January 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    As a Uber driver, I understand why they are collecting this information. However, I do suspect that some riders would feel uncomfortable with the tracking until they took the time to research and understand what actually is being done.

  2. Donald
    December 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Uber want to use our location information to make more money by selling the data on.

    Its not about a better service that is total codswallop.

  3. Donald
    December 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Uber tracking us all the time stinks.
    Its more money they want not a better service.