Senator Franken writes to Uber CEO demanding answers on smear campaign against Pando, others

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on November 19, 2014

From The News Desk

Oh boy. As if the scandal around Uber's threats to monitor and smear critics in the media weren't serious enough. A few minutes ago, Senator Al Franken published a letter to CEO Travis Kalanick demanding an explanation of the company's policies around user data and how that data might be used to attack Pando's Sarah Lacy and other journalists.

The letter begins:

Dear Mr Kalanick:

I am writing in regard to reports of recent comments and actions by top Uber executives concerning journalists. The reports suggest a troubling disregard for customers' privacy including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data. The involvement of Senator Franken, who is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, marks a significant escalation in Uber's woes. What previously was a major PR scandal just potentially became a significant legal and political crisis as well.

Certainly one thing is clear: This story is not going away.

Here's the full letter: