Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the
authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was
being resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been
The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected
from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent
officials. Uber used these methods to evade the authorities in
cities such as Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like
Australia, China, Italy and South Korea. […]
Greyball and the broader VTOS program were described to The New
York Times by four current and former Uber employees, who also
provided documents. The four spoke on the condition of anonymity
because the tools and their use are confidential and because of
fear of retaliation by the company.
It’s like a daily soap opera at this point.