The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce that Uber is a company observer member. Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, California and offers services in 10,000 cities across more than 70 countries around the world. Uber’s app-based platform services include ride-hailing, food delivery, package delivery, bicycle and scooter rentals, and freight transportation and logistics.

“We look forward to engaging with GNI members and learning about different experiences dealing with government demands for access to data, through explicit requests as well as data localization requirements. We believe that there are opportunities to raise awareness of this issue in the U.S. and abroad, especially as governments contemplate developing privacy laws and supporting data security standards that more effectively protect users,” said Uber Senior Director of Public Policy & Government Relations Ann Lavin.

During the 12-month observer period Uber representatives will participate in GNI’s learning and policy activities. “Uber’s experience handling data that can be of interest to government authorities will allow us to further explore how the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines apply to services distinct from those provided by many existing GNI members,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.

Learn more about Uber and about GNI’s members.