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Uber, Lyft to share details about drivers banned for assault

The ride-sharing agencies invite other US organizations to join the Sharing Safety Program.

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March
12, 2021

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

If there's one thing that can bring competing carpooling companies together, it's security. Uber and Lyft are sharing basic information about drivers and delivery drivers who have been banned from the platforms for "serious security incidents" including sexual and physical assault.

The unique industry sharing security program is designed to prevent criminals from switching between companies and potentially causing more harm, and to support survivors by giving them peace of mind.

"Sexual assault is dramatically underreported, making these crimes less likely to show up in our rigorous background screening and review processes," said Jennifer Brandenburger, director of policy development at Lyft. "With the Industry Sharing Safety Program, Lyft and Uber are working together to further improve our screening capabilities and the safety of the entire ride-sharing industry."

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In late 2019, Uber announced that it had received 3,045 reports of sexual assault during 1.3 billion trips in the United States the previous year. Of these cases, 235 involved rape. A study found that in 2018, 58 people – drivers, drivers, pedestrians – were killed in Uber-related accidents, while nine more were killed in "fatal injuries".

"When we released our US security report, we promised to find a way to share deactivation data with other ridesharing and delivery companies," wrote Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer, in a blog post Thursday. "Today we are doing this commitment well."

As part of the new program, Lyft and Uber will share information about driver deactivation related to the top five safety issues listed in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) taxonomy of sexual misconduct and sexual violence, as well as deaths from Mayhem.

Under the direction of HireRight, the provider of workforce solutions, data is collected, reconciled and shared between participating companies, including transportation and delivery network companies in the United States. Participants must agree to certain requirements, e.g. B. the consistent classification of event reports, the maintenance of uniform data protection measures and the transmission of data.

"Security should never be proprietary. You should be safe no matter which car pool agency you choose," West said in a statement. "Addressing these difficult security issues is bigger than any of us. This new industry sharing security program shows the importance of working with experts, attorneys, and others to make a meaningful difference. We're encouraging more companies to join to join us. "

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