Johana Bhuiyan / ReCode - 2 years ago
  • Uber’s deputy general counsel Angela Padilla took the stand on Wednesday to respond to a damning 37-page letter a former employee’s attorney wrote about the company’s information security practices.
  • In her testimony, Padilla said the employee, Richard Jacobs, was trying to extort money from the company and there was no merit to his claims.
  • In it, Jacobs claimed Uber’s security team advised staffers to use ephemeral messaging systems, like Wickr, and non-attributable devices to avoid creating paper trails that may serve to hurt the company in the event of a lawsuit.
  • The letter — submitted to the court just days before the companies were expected to begin the trial — may be doubly problematic for Uber.