More Data Mining That Screws You

by Karl Denninger

So your battery is low, eh?

Uber knows this, and has explored screwing you if it is.

Why? It might go dead — and then you might shortly be dead. So therefore fisting you is perfectly fine, and all because you invited them into your device and nothing prohibits them from exploiting anything they learn as a consequence.

One of the things you may not realize is that Uber can tell when your phone battery is about to die. In an episode of NPR’s The Hidden Brain, Uber’s head of economic research Keith Chen says when you hit accept to download, you give Uber the permission to know this in order to tell when to switch to low-power mode.

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