Ride-Sharing Privacy & Security: What You Need To Know


Ride sharing is a convenient way to get around, but it can also be risky if you don’t understand how it works. In this article, we’ll explain what ride-sharers need to know about privacy and security. We’ll explain how the system works and then dig deeper into specific concerns like data collection, who has access to your information, and how companies protect you from fraud.

How ride-sharing works.

Ride-sharing services are a type of transportation network company (TNC), a category that includes companies like Uber and Lyft. TNCs connect drivers and riders via an app, which allows passengers to request rides and pay for them with a credit card. Drivers’ personal information is collected by the app, including their name, photo and license plate number; it also stores information about each trip taken by riders using its service.

The benefits of ride-sharing.

Ride-sharing is an affordable and convenient way to get around. You can save money on gas, insurance and maintenance costs that come with owning a car. It’s also more convenient than public transportation, especially if you live in a city where traffic sometimes makes driving yourself impossible.

Ride-sharing apps are safer than driving yourself because of the background checks done by the companies before hiring drivers and their strict rules about how passengers should behave when using their service. In addition, it’s common for passengers to meet new people while riding with them–and those interactions may lead to friendships!

How ride-sharing companies collect and use your data.

Ride-sharing companies collect and use data in a variety of ways. The information they collect can include:

  • Your name, email address, phone number and credit card information
  • The type of device you use to connect to the app (e.g., smartphone)
  • The location where you first opened the app, including city, state/province and country code (e.g., New York City)

The data is used for a variety of purposes including:

  • To verify that you’re eligible for certain services or promotions; * To allow users who have registered with Facebook Messenger or Google Maps to communicate directly with drivers through those platforms; * To personalize advertisements shown on mobile devices connected through third party apps like Facebook Messenger or Google Maps while riding with drivers

Who has access to your data?

Who has access to your data?

Uber and Lyft both collect a lot of information about you, but they use it for different purposes. Uber is a ride-hailing service that operates in over 450 cities worldwide, so it’s important for them to know where you’re going at all times. Lyft only operates within the U.S., but still collects some personal info about its users (namely, their email address). Both companies also have access to information like when you last used their services and where exactly those rides started from; this helps them provide better customer service and make sure drivers are able to get paid as quickly as possible after completing rides.

The good news is that both companies let riders opt out of sharing certain types of information–like location data while using their app–or opting out altogether by signing up with cash instead of credit card information during registration process respectively.”

How do ride-sharing companies protect you from fraud?

Ride-sharing companies take their role in protecting your personal information very seriously. They employ a number of processes and procedures to ensure the safety of their customers, including:

  • Fraud protection. Ride-sharing services use fraud detection software to monitor patterns, flagging anything suspicious or out of place so that it can be investigated further by an employee. The goal is to prevent fraudulent accounts from being created in the first place, but if one does slip through the cracks (as happens occasionally), then it’s another layer of protection against identity theft or other types of fraud that could result from using that account.
  • Data breach prevention measures include encryption techniques on both sides–the passenger’s device and driver’s smartphone–as well as strong passwords for both parties’ accounts with unique numbers instead of words so they’re harder for hackers to crack if stolen from either party’s computer system during an attack like ransomware where they hold files hostage until money is paid before releasing them back into circulation again once payment has been received.”

Ride sharing can be a good way to get around, but you need to understand how it works and how to keep your data safe.

Ride sharing can be a good way to get around, but you need to understand how it works and how to keep your data safe. Ride sharing companies collect and use your data, including location data, credit card information and more. That’s why it’s important that you know who has access to this information and what they do with it.

If you’re using a ride-hailing app like Uber or Lyft on your phone or tablet:

  • Find out what kind of information the company collects from users like yourself (e.g., names, email addresses).
  • Understand how long they keep that information before deleting/deactivating accounts completely so no one else can access them again later down the road…


Ride-sharing is a great way to get around, but it’s important for you to understand how it works and how you can protect yourself from fraud. Ride-sharing companies collect a lot of data from their riders, including where they go and how long they stay there. This information can be used to improve your experience as well as help them find new customers who live nearby. However, it also means that these companies have access to information about when and where crimes are committed across town–and potentially beyond!