On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission published guidelines that will require companies like Uber and Lyft to keep a record of their users’ trips and appointments to keep the data secure.
It also comes after the Department of Homeland Security said that more than 4.5 million people used UberX, an app that connects ride-hailing drivers to passengers, between January and March.
This means that the data will likely be on every ride for years to come.
According to data from the ride-sharing company, more than 70 per cent of trips were made via the app, including trips to major US cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The agency’s guidelines do not apply to rides booked by the driver itself.
Uber declined to comment on the guidelines, which are not binding and are still subject to public comment.
However, the company said it had taken measures to secure data including a “secure lock” for drivers and the ability to track which drivers are in a vehicle, among other measures.
“This ensures the safety and security of all riders, drivers and app users,” Uber said in a statement.
Lyft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
There is also a new regulation that will take effect next month that requires ride-share companies to log the names and locations of drivers in the data, the Washington Post reported.
This will allow for more transparency on where drivers are and who is operating in their network.
The government’s move comes after President Donald Trump’s administration was criticized for failing to make its own regulations more comprehensive.