Uber wants to track your location — after you’ve been dropped off

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber is taking its ride-hailing app down a new road in an effort to make it smarter, simpler and more fun to use. The redesigned app also will seek to mine personal information stored on smartphones in a change that could raise privacy concerns, even though it will be up to individual users to let Uber peer into their calendars and address books.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(WFLA) – The internet had been abuzz this week after it was revealed Uber’s new update lets the app track user location data after riders have been dropped off.

When users update the Uber app, they are asked to accept this policy.

Here’s how NPR described the change:

“Previously, Uber only collected data from the user if the rider had the application open. Now, if a rider calls for an Uber and closes the app, Uber says it will continue to collect location data up until five minutes after the ride ends. That means Uber can see where you end up after you leave the car.”

Uber’s website says the goal is to improve customer service, and make pickups and drop-offs better.

Privacy advocates have expressed concern about the update. The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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