Uber is going to court seeking to block San Francisco from forcing it to provide the names and addresses of its drivers.
The city wants the information so it can notify drivers that they are required to get business licenses, just like all other small enterprises in the city from nail salons to freelance writers. But Uber, which previously has provided the information for city audits, says it wants to protect its drivers’ privacy.
“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,” said Wayne Ting, general manager of Uber Northern California, 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.”
Uber filed a petition in San Francisco Superior Court on Monday, and said it plans to file a motion to quash a subpoena on Tuesday. Latest business videos
“Uber’s suit against the City and County is nothing but an attempt to circumvent the tax laws that apply to all businesses in San Francisco,” said José Cisneros, […]