Parliamentary panel quizzes Ola & Uber on ‘surge pricing’, seeks details of Chinese investment

A Parliamentary Panel looking into the Personal Data Protection Bill summoned Uber and Ola officials. The panel headed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi quizzed the cab aggregators about the fairness of their algorithms leading to surge pricing and the quantum of Chinese investment.

The panel asked if gender, time and battery left on passenger’s cellphone affects cab rates under “surge pricing”. As per sources, Uber and Ola were also asked about the fairness of their algorithms, flow of data and whether they have become transport companies with their own fleet.

“We asked Ola and Uber executives on what is the quantum of Chinese investments in their respective companies? We also inquired into the nature of data flow and revenue flow in these two companies. The panel specifically questioned Ola and Uber executives on how the surge pricing is determined by them. We have directed Ola and Uber executives to submit their response in writing to our queries,” Lekhi told the media.

Ola reportedly informed the panel that personal data of their customers is stored in India while Uber said their data is stored in the United States.

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