The Wall Street Journal: Uber says it will stop using ‘Greyball’ to evade regulators

Uber Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will stop using technological tools to evade government officials seeking to identify and block the service’s drivers.

The technology was designed to help prevent people from using the app in violation of the terms of service, which included government sting operations, as well as fraud and competitors trying to disrupt the ride-hailing service.

As part of a program known as Greyball, Uber used the technology to track government officials and show them dummy versions of the app, with fake cars trawling the streets, according to a person familiar with the matter. Uber employed other methods to identify its adversaries, such as using its mapping technology to create virtual fences around government offices and looking for government-issued credit cards.

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