Uber drivers are taking unprecedented international legal action to demand access to their
Drivers want to prove Uber is an employer. To do this, they need everything Uber knows about them and what Uber's algorithms do with their data.
When a user requests a ride,the application chooses which driver to send this request to. It is not clear what criteria Uber sets or what information it has about drivers and how it uses this data to distribute the app. Drivers want to figure out how they are assigned to travel.
Drivers have the right to find out what information Uber collects about them and what it does with it under the General Data Protection Regulation.
Soon, courts may view Uber as more than a middleman, as it makes proactive decisions about who to delegate work to.
Uber drivers around the world are constantly claimingthat the company is setting prices too low, making it difficult to make a profit. In setting prices and deciding which drivers the delegated business gets, Uber plays a role very similar to that of an employer.
Drivers have already tried to get their data from Uber, but they say that all they received was a chain of incomprehensible letters.
If UK drivers succeed, this could mean that the company will have to pay workers for the time they work, rather than for when they travel.
A Dutch court ruling is expected later this week.
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