Uber can lock employee computer systems to prevent being raided

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Uber creates a secret system called Ripley. The system works to lock staff computers if police raided their offices. That way, the authorities will not be able to access company data.

The application-based transport company has used Ripley at least 20 times in 2015 and 2016. Ripley is used in many countries, including Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Hong Kong.


In one case, Ripley was activated to prevent Canadian tax investigators who believed that Uber had violated tax regulations, collected evidence even though they had obtained permission.

Once the investigators came to the office in Montreal, Uber's staff contacted an office in San Francisco, which took out all staff from his account.

Ripley was originally named after an unexpected visitor protocol. Uber developed the system after police raided their office in Brussels.

At that time, the Belgian authorities managed to access Uber's financial documents, payment systems and employee data. The court then forced Uber to stop its service because they operate without the appropriate license.


"Just like all companies around the world, we have security procedures to protect our corporate and customer data," said Uber spokesman.

"Regarding government investigations, our rule is to cooperate with all legitimate data and search requests."
 

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