Burners don’t hack Uber, people do

greg cohn
greg cohn
Jan 8, 2015 · 4 min read

On “hacking” Uber

The first part of the discussion was specifically about the ethics of hacking Uber given both opportunity to ride their tailwind as well as their own aggressive approach to competition and municipal regulations. You can probably form your own views on Uber and how much professional courtesy they deserve.

On Burner’s part

All this led us to the question of whether it’s ethical for Burner to a) encourage and b) be a part of this kind of thing at all. And what about using Burner to create multiple accounts generally (which is often a “foot-fault” violation of Terms of Service)?

So why does this matter?

If you’re a web or app service provider, you should be paying attention to this, and start treating phone numbers with approximately the same level of authority you treat individual emails (rather than worrying about whether services like ours are policing our users’ activities). Ultimately this evolution — and Burner’s contribution to it — are an important part of a shift in the way companies need to think about data.

    greg cohn

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    greg cohn

    Co-founder of Ad Hoc Labs, makers of @burner. New dad, entrepreneur, mentor, & occasional angel investor. LA-based.

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