Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company's privacy

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CIOL Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company's privacy

Uber is still making headlines, but not for good reasons. The ride-hailing giant has fired Eric Alexander, the president of business in the Asia Pacific for obtaining medical records of a female passenger who was assaulted during a ride in New Delhi, India.


According to Recode report, Alexander was not a part of the recently fired 20 employees list but was fired after two law firms Perkins Coie and Covington & Burling - that are leading the investigations - found that he had accessed the medical reports.

CIOL Uber fires Eric Alexander for compromising company's privacy

Back in 2014, a 26-year-old female passenger was assaulted and raped during a ride in Delhi. Though the driver was arrested and sentenced to life in prison, the court also banned the company from operating in Delhi for almost a year. The ban was lifted in June 2015.


However, Uber executives, particularly, Alexander was confident that its arch-rival Ola was behind the incident to damage the company’s operations in the country. Soon after the incident, Alexander was in India to investigate the claims, after which he obtained these files. However, it is still unclear whether he received the files legally.

The report also says, "Alexander carried around the document for about a year before other executives — presumably the legal department — obtained the report and destroyed his copy, according to the sources. It’s not clear if Uber continues to have a copy."

One of the executives was also quoted in the report saying, “Travis never should have looked at the report and he should have fired him (Alexander) immediately.”

Both Kalanick and Alexander declined to comment anything on the latest round of firing.

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