Uber Ripley Program: Company Shut Down Computers To Block Law Enforcement Access

Allegedly designed to stifle local legal battles involving labor and taxi laws

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In order to deal with its perpetual run-ins with regulators and law enforcement, ride-sharing app Uber developed a program that could remotely shut down all computers in an office in order to thwart police raids, Bloomberg reported .

The program, known internally as Ripley, was put into action at least two dozen times in order to prevent regulators and law enforcement from gaining access to information from the company’s computers—even when a proper warrant was provided.

Uber reportedly trained its employees working in foreign offices to utilize Ripley any time police came knocking at their door.

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