Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities

Uber is the subject of a United States Department of Justice inquiry over a program that it used to deceive regulators who were trying to shut down its ride-hailing service.

The inquiry concerns Uber’s use of a software tool called Greyball, which the company developed in part to aid entrance into new markets where its service was not permitted. The tool allowed Uber to deploy what was essentially a fake version of its app to evade law enforcement agencies that were cracking down on its service.

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Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code
Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government.

The scrutiny has started because the firm is accused of using “secret” software that let it operate in regions where it was banned or restricted.

The software, called “greyball”, helped it identify officials seeking to stop the service running.

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