Getting Over Uber
Susan Crawford

Hear, hear Susan. Good arguments. I was ready to drink the Uber Australia Kool Aid and give it a go, until I read the mobile phone app TOS and permissions.

That Uber wanted access to all my contacts to promote its services directly to them, without so much as a by-your-leave, was enough for me to say Nu Uh, no you don’t.

I consider my phone and email contacts lists to be a trust.

Uber, and almost every other SM network out there wants to circumvent that trust, whether by the same all-your-base-are-belong-to-us manner, or by just constant nagging every time you log in — looking at you, FB and LinkedIn.

Now perhaps it’s just my age (not quite a Boomer, Not really an X-gen), and maybe Millennials have no such qualms in oversharing every single element of their existence, but frankly, it’s time there was a bit of private discretion, and just some plain old fashioned good manners.