Uber adds safety features to app, including direct dial to 911

Uber Launches 911 Panic Button Safety Feature for US Riders Mandates Background Checks

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"In the US, 911 is the panic button", then Uber security chief Joe Sullivan told the Washington Post in 2016, adding it would be "a stretch" for the company to improve on pre-existing emergency alert infrastructure.

Adding a new safety section to the Uber App so that riders can learn about key safety information, including tips built in partnership with law enforcement, driver screening processes, insurance protections and community guidelines.

Katie Futo has also had some bad rides. The two companies said they also will be working together to offer the integration to new cities around the globe. If you find something bad while you ride, just tap the Emergency Button and you will get instant assistance of the emergency services. Another partnership with National Emergency Number Association - though that one's a bit more of a long term payoff, created to help improve emergency call routing. While no background check is flawless, our process is thorough, fair, and relevant to the work at hand.

It was bad policy for Uber to do just one background check for drivers and never follow up, said Thomas Mauriello, a senior lecturer of forensic science at the University of Maryland.

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"We've also announced that Jeh Johnson, who is a former secretary of Homeland Security, a pre-eminent safety expert, is going to be running, chairing our safety council, which will help us get better and better and better in this regard". Uber will still have to reach deals with transit agencies and work out logistics, which could require municipal investments in infrastructure.

New offense notifications: Uber will go beyond annual reruns and be among the first to invest in technology that rapidly identifies new offenses.

On the passenger side, Uber is adding safety features and getting more serious about background checks.

In announcing the original proposed settlement with Uber in August 2017, the FTC charged that the company had failed to live up to its claims that it closely monitored employee access to rider and driver data and that it deployed reasonable measures to secure personal information stored on a third-party cloud provider's servers. We will investigate and verify any potentially disqualifying information from public records, such as a new and pending charge for a DUI, to ensure the driver is still eligible to use Uber.

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