The Uber app is seen on a smartphone past cabs waiting for clients near the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, on December 9, 2014. A judge on December 9, 2014 banned the popular smartphone taxi service Uber from operating in Spain, court officials said, following similar prohibition action in several other countries.

The Uber app is seen on a smartphone past cabs waiting for clients near the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, on December 9, 2014. A judge on December 9, 2014 banned the popular smartphone taxi service Uber from operating in Spain, court officials said, following similar prohibition action in several other countries.

The growing popularity of online car services is boosting Uber’s bottom line. The app-based taxi service is now valued at 41 billion dollars. But Uber is hitting serious roadblocks here and abroad. Two California district attorneys sued the company for allegedly misleading consumers about background checks. And a passenger in India accused an Uber driver of raping her. Many are calling for stricter oversight and more controls on what app-based car services do with passengers’ personal information. Others say too much regulation could squelch much-needed innovation. Diane and her guests discuss the future of Uber and online car services.

Guests

  • Sunil Paul co-founder and CEO, Sidecar.
  • Donna Blythe-Shaw spokesperson, Boston Taxi Drivers' Association.
  • Alvaro Bedoya executive director, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University Law School.
  • Nancy Scola reporter covering the intersections of technology and public policy, politics, and governance for The Washington Post.
  • Matthew Mitchell program director, Project for the Study of American Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University.

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