Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Another British City Wants Uber Out

Another British City Wants Uber Out

Last month it was revealed that Uber had been the subject of a massive data breach which affected 2.7 million United Kingdom users of its app.

Uber was granted an operator's licence by the City of York Council on December 21, 2016 to run until midnight on December 23, 2017.

"This is a disappointing vote for the riders and drivers who use our app in the city", Uber's general manager in York, Neil McGonigle, said in an e-mailed statement.

The city of Sheffield in northern England earlier this month also said it had suspended Uber's license, although the company can operate if it appeals.

"Whilst York only has a handful of drivers licensed, Uber are doing what they are very good at - and that is systematically abusing the local laws and explicitly looking for loopholes by the use of out-of-town vehicles", said Saf Din, chair of the York Hackney Carriage Drivers Association.

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Hackers obtained personal details of 57 million customers and drivers worldwide, including people's names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. Passengers tell us they love being able to track their auto on a live map, pay without cash and get a receipt with their fare and the route taken.

And while Uber can continue to operate there until an appeal is heard-said to be as soon as April-another city, York, has opted for a similar action, saying today that it would refuse to renew Uber's license over a data breach that affected 2.7 million Brits.

The company has 21 days to lodge an appeal and can continue to operate in the city if it does so.

The company's licence to operate in the northern English city of Sheffield was suspended on December 1 after it failed to respond to requests about the management of its taxi app.

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