Just as Uber drivers among other independent contractors are gearing up to download and clear off their 1099 taxes, they are confronted with tax information and private security details that belong to other Uber drivers – sparking fear that the mix-up might cause numerous drivers to receive tax forms that do not belong to them, exposing social security numbers (SSN) and tax payer’s addresses among other personal details - Gizmodo reports.
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Since many Uber drivers obtained tax forms belong to other drivers, there is palpable fear that SSNs and tax details may be exposed to the wrong persons, prompting several drivers to take to the social media to complain about the mix-up and the security dangers of exposures.
Affected drivers are certain that once they are able to access another person’s SSN and home address details on their dashboards, then other unknown drivers may have also accessed their own tax infos on individual dashboards, creating a scene that may spiral out of control for several affected drivers.
A few of the affected Uber drivers complained bitterly that they had not heard anything from Uber since the unpleasant experience, even though it is now obvious that the tax form tab on Uber’s dashboard has now been removed last night.
“We take partner privacy very seriously and make every effort to ensure the security of personal information. Due to a bug in our system, one partner’s 1099 information was viewable by other drivers for a short period of time. The bug has been fixed and we’re deeply sorry. We are in contact with the driver whose information was affected,” an Uber spokesperson told Gizmodo.
The Uber source said “the driver whose information was affected” to reflect the views of many drivers that got the tax info of the same Uber driver based in Florida, leading to a development where only one unlucky driver may have been affected by the glitch and subsequently exposed to several other drivers.
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This is not the first time Uber would flop with personal details of its drivers. It did last year October when it mistakenly exposed the drivers’ licenses and tax information of up to a thousand drivers in its Partners portal, a development that led to many unpleasant surprises.