Court bans Uber services in Israel

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The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that Uber must end its rideshare services in Israel as of November 29 following an appeal brought by the app's competitor Gett, as well as the Israel Taxi Drivers Association.

Despite this, Uber's taxi service, separate from the ride-sharing program, will be allowed to continue.

According to Haaretz, "Uber will have to stop providing its car-sharing service in Israel as of 10 AM Wednesday, after the courts ruled in favor of competing companies".

Of course, Uber's Israeli problems are dwarfed by the catastrophe the company is facing around the globe these days, after the company had admitted that a 2016 data breach put at risk the personal information of 57 million Uber users worldwide and at least 600,000 drivers in the United States.

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The Tel Aviv District Court issued a permanent injunction yesterday morning (Monday) prohibiting Uber from operating in Israel. Uber is also facing another lawsuit filed by the Israeli Transportation Ministry with the Tel Aviv Traffic Court in May, for operating without a license.

"As long as there is no insurance coverage for these trips, I don't see the feasibility of these trips", said Judge Orenstein during the hearing.

A spokeswoman for Uber in Israel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The court specifically banned UberDay and UberNight, the company's private-car services in Tel Aviv. "We're committed to continued cooperation with the authorities, to examine how technology can provide reliable, cost-effective and safe transportation solutions".

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