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+ - Taxi apps accused of facilitating sexual harassment in Brazil

Submitted by André Costa
AndrĂ© Costa (3045631) writes "The companies responsible for taxi apps Easy Taxi and 99Taxis are being accused of making it too easy for taxi drivers to harass female customers (some news reports — in Portuguese — can be found here, here and here).
These apps currently disclose informations such as the client's name, cell phone and address to the driver. One customer that started being harassed through offensive text messages after a ride started an online petition demanding that the companies take effective measures to protect female customers. The petition already collected more than 27,000 signatures, and both Easy Taxi and 99Taxis already announced that they will implement features that will protect clients' privacy.
At first, users will be allowed to choose if they want their phone numbers to be disclosed. Within a couple of months, both companies said they will provide VOIP calls, which will eliminate the need to exchange phone numbers."

Comment: Re:How About (Score 3, Interesting) 224

by taustin (#49306023) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

If it's like the Ford model that had a similar feature a few years ago, it's controlled by which key you use - regular key, valet key, teenager key. Yeah, most teens could easily swap keys with Mummy or Daddy, but then Mummy and Daddy will start getting warnings when they speed or play the radio too loud.

Comment: Re:Utility vs. freedom (Score 3, Interesting) 114

by taustin (#49287031) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success

It's only freedom if both parties are equal in the negotiations. That is rarely the case in employment contracts. Since a free market is, almost inherently, impossible, it is a choice between being regulated by the more powerful of the two parties, or by an outside third party.

Only one side of the contract would agree with you.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.