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Uber's use of Greyball tool

Written question to the European Commission

Today MEP Marietje Schaake (Alde/D66) asked the following written question to the European Commission:

On Friday the 3d of March the New York Times reported that Uber used "Greyball", a data-gathering tool to identify and circumvent public officials that investigated the company, including in the European Union.* According to the New York Times, the programme remains in use.

1. How does the Commission assess the compatibility of this programme with EU law, in particular the e-commerce directive, data protection law, anti-discrimination law and competition law?

2. Is the Commission planning a formal investigation into the legality of the use of this tool?

3. Is the Commission planning to revise its guidelines on the "collaborative economy" which were adopted last year in the light of this news report?