Tech start-ups use customer information for all sorts of commercial purposes, but some customers of Uber in parts of New York City recently discovered a possibly novel use.
The $50 billion ride-sharing company blasted emails to Brooklyn customers last week attacking a bill being heard Tuesday in New York City Council that stands to cap the number of for-hire vehicle licenses issued by the city for an environmental study. (Uber says the bill is nothing more than a revamped version the taxi industry pushed for three months ago.)
The company even offered free rides to the protest and provided a pre-drafted message for customers to forward to the bill's author—City Council Member Stephen Levin—informing him that they are "angered to learn" about the bill's limits and to urge the council to "withdraw this bill today." (Tweet This)