SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Transportation network company Uber sued San Francisco this week over an attempt by the city’s tax collector to obtain the names of drivers to get them to obtain business licenses.
Uber filed a petition in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday seeking to quash a city subpoena issued in February, arguing that the demand for the names and addresses of drivers violated driver privacy and exceeded the tax collector’s authority.
“…The Tax Collector’s office is asking us to give them personal information of drivers – including their home address- without their consent and will put that information on a public website,” Wayne Ting, Uber’s San Francisco general manager, said in a statement. “We’ve asked the city to allow us to get the consent of drivers and to remove their personal information from the public website, but they have refused.”
The requirement that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft obtain a business license with the city is nothing new, and applies to anyone working as an independent contractor in San Francisco, according to Amanda Kahn Fried, a spokeswoman for the tax collector’s office.
However, it was not until last year that the city began enforcing the requirement.
Since then, […]