A damning letter written by the lawyer for a former Uber security manager claims that the ride-hailing company secretly spied on rivals; destroyed, concealed and falsified evidence; and engaged in other illegal behaviors like wiretapping.
The letter, which put the brakes on a trial scheduled to begin this month in a case in which a sister company of Google alleged that Uber stole its self-driving car secrets, was made public Friday.
Also Friday, a special master appointed by a federal judge filed a scathing report saying Uber should have submitted the letter as part of the lawsuit.
The letter chronicles clandestine intelligence-gathering by Uber worldwide, particularly by units of its San Francisco-based Threat Ops division, which “frequently engaged in fraud and theft, and employed third-party vendors to obtain unauthorized data or information,” the letter said.
The letter follows on the heels of at least five federal investigations of Uber’s practices.