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Uber admits to shielding company data

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Uber admits to shielding company data from international authorities Thursday.  

The ride-sharing giant confirming it used technology to protect data in its international offices from police raids. An Uber spokesperson says the tool, which is no longer in use, could lock computers and change passwords remotely.

The company reportedly used software known as "Ripley" in Paris, Hong-Kong, Amsterdam and Montreal.

Uber now uses a tool called "U-Locker" which can remotely lock and encrypt devices.

It's unclear if the company is using "U-Locker" to protect data from law enforcement officials.

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