Uber has said it will remove code from its iPhone app that security researchers say could let the ride-sharing app record the screen — even when the app is closed.
Will Strafach, a security researcher, discovered this week that Uber had been granted an undocumented private app permission allowing access to the screen-recording feature.
Uber, Uber, Uber… when does the downright dirty, invasive, disgusting and sickening behaviour that is your business know when to stop? Seriously.
And you Apple… where’s your statement on this one? Allowing explicit permission to a private function, whether you did it accidentally or not, must be addressed.
An Uber spokesperson has since commented that the implementation was to better render maps on the Apple Watch by first doing it in the background of their app on your iPhone. They went on to say that it’s no longer required and being removed from future binaries released.
Interestingly earlier in the year Tim Cook threatened to remove Uber from the App Store after it was found to be tracking iPhones. It begs the question, why, since then have they then granted access to the company to use private API?!