Uber CEO Apologizes over Controversial Report; Company Clears Up Privacy Policy

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took to Twitter earlier today to apologize for that controversial BuzzFeed report in which executive Emil Michael said they should engage in a smear campaign against critical journalists.

Kalanick assured that the company does not actually believe these things, and apologized directly to journalist Sarah Lacy, who recently wrote about the sexist “asshole culture” at the company.

Here’s what Kalanick had to say:

And hours later, a new post popped up on Uber’s blog clarifying the company’s user privacy policy. And they want everyone to know that no Uber employee is allowed access to driver or user data except in “a limited set of legitimate business purposes” (like monitoring accounts for fraud and such).

Meanwhile, Lacy posted again today about how absolutely stunned and shocked she was to learn what Michael had said about her, and updated her post with an apology Michael sent her personally about his remarks:

Dear Sarah,

I wanted to apologize to you directly — I am sorry. I was at an event and was venting, but what I said was never intended to describe actions that would ever be undertaken by me or my company toward you or anyone else. I was definitively wrong and I feel terrible about any distress I have caused you. Again, I am sorry.

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