Alleged War Criminal Passed Background Check Process to Become Ride-Share Driver for Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn An “alleged war criminal accused of torture and directing mass executions” in Somalia passed the background check process to become a transportation network company (TNC) ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft while living in the United States, according to a report from CNN (Cable News Network). “They just …

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Background Check Expert Explains Why Consumers Cannot Trust the “Trust Economy”

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn The basic problem for the “trust economy” – also called the “sharing” or “gig” economy – where applications or “apps” are used to facilitate on-demand services such as Uber, which allows car owners to share their vehicle and time with others, is “trust,” according to background check expert …

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Uber Driver with Past Criminal Record Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Helpless Female Passenger

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A driver for Uber has been arrested by police in Florida and charged with the attempted sexual battery of a helpless female passenger who had hailed him for a ride in March of 2019, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, according to …

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Lyft Announces Adoption of Continuous Background Checks for Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 15, 2019, Lyft Inc. – a popular transportation network company (TNC) serving more than 600 U.S. cities – announced in a post on the Lyft blog two new features to enhance the safety and security of the TNC’s platform: continuous background checks and enhanced identity verification of …

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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Releases Report on Uber Driver Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 28, 2019, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released its first-ever report of Uber’s driver background check process in Pennsylvania – along with Uber’s implementation plan in the state – and directed Uber Technologies, Inc. to proceed with recommendations to further strengthen Uber’s background check …

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Uber Agrees to Pay $148 Million Settlement to Resolve Allegations from 2016 Data Breach Cover Up

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 26, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. agreed to a $148 million nationwide settlement to resolve allegations that the transportation network company (TNC) violated state data breach reporting and reasonable data security laws …

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Rideshare Firms Settle with Chicago for $10.4 Million for Allegedly Performing Background Checks Not Consistent with City Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 16, 2018, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City of Chicago was preventing neighborhood violence by investing $10.4 million in youth mentoring programs coming from legal settlements with Uber, Lyft, and Via over allegations they performed background checks that were not consistent with standards set by …

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Bill Strengthening Background Checks for Ride-Sharing Drivers in Illinois Becomes Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bill that strengthens background checks on ride-share drivers by requiring all individuals applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service operating in Illinois to provide their full legal name, social security number (SSN), and date of birth for the background check process became law on …

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Suspected Rideshare Rapist Who Drove for Lyft as Undocumented Immigrant Shows Need for Thorough Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A suspected “Rideshare Rapist” arrested for allegedly raping four women while posing as a rideshare driver after he fraudulently represented himself to pass a background check to drive for ridesharing company Lyft even though he was an undocumented immigrant shows the need for a thorough background check …

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Uber Begins Performing Continuous Background Checks on Drivers in U.S.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Transportation network company (TNC) Uber is performing continuous background checks on some of its drivers in the United States in an effort to improve safety for its riders after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers were accused of sexual assault in the past four …

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