Electric ride share scooters spy on your face and much more

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Source: MassPrivateI

February 23, 2018


A recent article in CNN reveals that Santa Monica, California became the first city in America to have an electric scooter-share system.

A start-up company created by former Uber and Lyft executive Travis VanderZanden, called Bird allows residents to rent electric scooters.

But a closer look at Bird’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy reveals Bird does much more than allow residents to rent a scooter.

Bird’s Privacy Policy reveals how they may disclose your personal information to data mining companies.

Bird may disclose aggregate and other data about Riders in accordance with applicable law, including, without limitation, general latitude and longitude data for Rider addresses (provided this would not allow any individual’s address to be separately identified). In addition, Bird may disclose individual data to a third party upon Rider’s express permission and consent (e.g. enrollment in a study).”

And just like smart meter parking apps, Bird will turn over all of your personal information to law enforcement “based on their good-faith belief that such action is necessary”.

Bird’s rental app also reveals that they use Google Analytics which sells your information to third-party advertising companies.

If you think that it could not get any worse, guess again.

Riders of electric scooters have no rights to their image or likeness

Every Bird rider gives up their right to their image or likeness!

“You do hereby knowingly, voluntarily, and irrevocably: (1) give Your full and unconditional consent to Bird and its affiliates, successors, and assigns to use at any time and from time to time, without any restriction, Your appearance and voice in photographs, videos, and other recordings related to Your use of the Services, on all websites and for all press, promotional, advertising, publicity, and other commercial purposes, including all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world and in perpetuity…”

Do riders have any guarantees that Bird won’t change their user agreement?


Bird can and will change their user agreement at anytime, without warning.

“At any time and from time to time, and without Rider’s consent, Bird may unilaterally amend, modify, or change this Agreement, in its sole discretion and without any notice or cause.” 

So if you value your privacy, make sure you read the fine print before using any ride share.

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