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Privacy group to file FTC complaint against Uber

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Uber’s new privacy policy that allows it to track users’ location even when they’re not using the Uber app.

The privacy group is planning to file a complaint with the FTC on Monday, according to a USA Today report.

Uber’s privacy policy was announced May 28 and is scheduled to go into effect July 15. Under the new policy, Uber can access a rider’s location when the app is running in the background. If the user permits, Uber will also collect contact list information in order to send “special offers to riders’ friends or family.”

In its complaint EPIC argues Uber’s policy goes too far.

“This collection of user’s information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service. Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app,” EPIC said in the complaint.