Uber fined $7.3 million in California for withholding data

Californian judge recommends ride-sharing app should be banned and be fined for keeping information from regulators

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A judge from Uber’s home-state California recommended on Wednesday the cab-sharing service be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California.

According to the ruling of chief administrative Judge Karen V. Clopton of the California Public Utilities Commission (CBUC) Uber has not filed all the reports required by the regulators.

The commission accused Uber for not submitting data such as how often it served disabled passengers in California, where the drivers turn down the ride requests along with withholding information on accidents.

“They had a year to comply with these regulations, and didn't do it,” CPUC spokeswoman Constance Gordon said.

Judge Clopton recommended the ban remain in effect “until Uber complies fully with the outstanding requirements.”

Uber said it would appeal and called the ruling and fine “deeply disappointing” in a written statement.

“Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints,” Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend wrote.

“Going further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners.”

Founded in 2010 and backed by Goldman Sachs and Google, Uber is valued at more than $40 billion and offers services in 270 cities worldwide.

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