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“Data sleaze: Uber and beyond”

Interesting discussion from Kaiser Fung. I don’t have anything to add here; it’s just a good statistics topic.

Scroll through Kaiser’s blog for more:

Dispute over analysis of school quality and home prices shows social science is hard

My pre-existing United boycott, and some musing on randomness and fairness



  1. Chris says:

    He seems to have no idea what Uber has been accused of by Apple and how any of it works.

  2. Jonathan says:

    I believe Uber was assigning an ID to a phone when it registered the app. When the app was then deleted, Uber did not track the phone at all; it was just a registry of phones kept by Uber. When the app was installed again, the phone was ID’d by Uber. The unknown question is how this was done: did they access a UDID? Did they use their own algorithm? Speculation is they actually accessed the phone serial number, which violates Apple policy in a bunch of ways. And this is the proof offered:

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