Uber alleges Treasurer’s Office lists private driver data in violation of the law

Uber is blasting the Treasurer Jose Cisneros for allegedly failing to comply with a new state law by continuing to reveal the personal information of more than a thousand Uber drivers.

The Treasurer’s Office replied they were “concerned” about the validity of the law.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Cisneros, Uber Northern California General Manager Eric Schroeder wrote that Senate Bill 182, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires drivers to obtain a single business license in the state. Before, drivers obtained business licenses in every city they operated in.

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Drivers who applied for a San Francisco business license listed their address publicly with the San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Office, along with 130,000 other city businesses . But since they are drivers, their business addresses were often their homes all over the Bay Area and beyond.

Yet, SB 182 effectively made the San Francisco business license obsolete, Schroeder said, meaning the addresses should be removed from the website.

“We are aware that the city website managed by your office continues to publicly display the private information of [ride-hail] drivers in violation of the recently enacted California state law,” Schroeder wrote.

As far back as November 2016, drivers for Uber and Lyft listed on the treasurer’s website numbered as many as 45,000, as the San Francisco Examiner previously reported.

“The Treasurer has serious concerns about the validity of the law, and we’re looking at it in depth,” Treasurer’s Office spokesperson Amanda Kahn Fried wrote in an email to the Examiner.

After SB 182 passed, Fried said, “We removed the personally identifiable information of 7,916 drivers who identified that their only business in San Francisco was as a driver for a Transportation Network Company,” which is the state term for Uber and Lyft.

Fried wrote that “any drivers that remain” in the dataset are were drivers for taxis, limos or other transportation services or had another business in The City “beyond their TNC work.”

A search of the Treasurer’s website showed 247 drivers and their addresses who drove for Uber, Lyft or both when searching for the term “TNC”; information for more than 1,500 drivers when searching for the term “Uber”; and 581 drivers when searching for “Lyft,” though some of those categories overlapped.

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