The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01994

Submission Number:
01994
Commenter:
Gaffka
State:
Michigan
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
There needs to be a written protocol for guiding Evil Empires on what a pure 'technology company' is, in comparison to an employer. There are many SaaS (Software as a Service) companies that charge a subscription fee, or monthly fees, for access to their software, and then the end user is on their own with the software product. Then there are employers pretending to be technology companies because they don't understand the difference. Recognizing Uber as a 'technology company' also allows Uber to embolden their driver minions to break laws. Uber pays drivers tickets and their impound fees, and governments are too afraid to arrest lawless drivers and threaten jail time. BUT if Uber were truly a SaaS, then drivers would be on their own to pay for those tickets and fines. Drivers would thereby be increasingly less likely to break laws. The way it is today, Uber encourages drivers to break laws for their 'technology company' service.