As per the information revealed by the whistleblower, Uber had been breaking the law on many occasions
The whistleblower in the Uber Files cases has revealed himself. Mark Macgann, a lobbyist who helped Uber expand across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by winning over governments, has now claimed responsibility for leaking more than 124,000 company files to the Guardian. MacGann believes that Uber knowingly defied laws in at least a dozen countries and also lied about the benefits to drivers of the company’s gig-economy model.
One of the most sensational and controversial leaks of all time took place on Monday, when a whistleblower from Uber, an international ride-sharing and transportation company, revealed the many shady dealings of the company, and how it broke many laws. According to The Guardian which accessed ‘Uber Files’ with over 1,24,000 documents from 2013 and 2017, the data “shows how Uber tried to shore up support by discreetly courting prime ministers, presidents, billionaires, oligarchs, and media barons”.
As per the information revealed by the whistleblower, Uber had been breaking the law on many occasions and had been lobbying international governments to expand their brand across the globe, showing the dark side of the popular ride-sharing application.
He told the Guardian “I am partly responsible, I was the one talking to governments, I was the one pushing this with the media, I was the one telling people that they should change the rules because drivers were going to benefit and people were going to get so much economic opportunity.”
“When that turned out not to be the case – we had sold people a lie – how can you have a clear conscience if you don’t stand up and own your contribution to how people are being treated today?”
“I regret being part of a group of people which massaged the facts to earn the trust of drivers, of consumers, and political elites,” he said. “I should have shown more common sense and pushed harder to stop the craziness. It is my duty to [now] speak up and help governments and parliamentarians right some fundamental wrongs. Morally, I had no choice in the matter.”
After MacGann identified himself as the whistleblower, Uber said, “We understand that Mark has personal regrets about his years of steadfast loyalty to our previous leadership, but he is in no position to speak credibly about Uber today.”
The Guardian led a global investigation into the leaked Uber files, sharing the data with media organizations around the world via the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). After MacGann identified himself as the whistleblower, Uber said: “We understand that Mark has personal regrets about his years of steadfast loyalty to our previous leadership, but he is in no position to speak credibly about Uber today.”