A Silicon Valley rival to taxi app Uber has stepped into the simmering controversy surrounding the service by accusing it of running "their own NSA".
Rakesh Mathur, who became CEO of Uber rival Flywheel on Thursday, told CNBC by phone: "These people run their own NSA (National Security Agency). They know where people are and are not afraid to use the information which is appalling."
Spy on journalists
According to a report on Buzzfeed earlier this week, Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice president of business had outlined a plan to hire four researchers and four journalists to look into the personal lives of other journalists critical of the company.
A day later, Buzzfeed released a report detailing how one of its reporters was tracked using Uber's "God View" – which allows drivers to see all of the app's users in a city who have hailed a ride.