Airbnb-Uber's Ethical Issues

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In her article, “The Ethics of Regulating the Sharing Economy,” Alexandra Zrenner reviews ethical frameworks of utilitarianism and Rawlsianism to address the regulatory issues in a Sharing Economy regarding the Airbnb and Uber companies.
The term “Sharing Economy”, also known as collaborative consumption, can be defined by individuals directly interacting with each other online to trade goods and services (Zrenner, 2013).Companies utilizing the sharing economy create a market place by having people connect with each other through websites and applications. For example, Uber uses collaborative consumption to rent empty car seats for travelers. Airbnb uses the sharing economy to have people rent out hotel rooms. Collaborative consumption may
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Safety concerns and anti- discrimination laws have been brought to the attention of these collaborative consumption companies. (Zrenner, 2013). Airbnb and Uber are platforms that aren’t held to the same standards as an established hotel or taxi service. These new companies have pushed for delegated regulations and consumer reviews instead of meeting government standards of consumer protection. This means the government can set the companies standards, but the companies decide if they’ve met these standards themselves. Airbnb and Uber lack responsibility and authority since the companies only employ people running the electronic side of the operation (Zrenner, 2013). Any other persons affiliated with these companies are contractors. Since these companies in the sharing company works between trust of the costumer and host, there’s a lot of room for gray area where people take advantage of this trust. With a consumer-based method of regulation in their reviews, users can rate the quality and standards of their hosts and drivers. However, these reviews may not address fire standards of the apartment of emission standards or a vehicle ( Zrenner, 2013). The ethical concern of this are the companies’ moral obligations to pursue thorough background checks of their drivers, establish that the vehicle is not damaged, and find a more disciplinary mean to ensure no customer will be threated or harassed during their …show more content…
These “economy sharing companies” are not seeking out operative permits either because they believe the rules don’t pertain to them or they’re unsure how (Zrenner, 2013). Established companies face higher standards than those of the “sharing economy” which creates the ethical decision to question if these new companies are fair to their competitors. The legality of these companies are also questioned due to the fact that they’re are not subjected to tax collections from these transactions. Given Airbnb and Uber’s Terms of Services, these companies are not held to full legal responsibility for the actions of the application or website users (Zrenner, 2013). The ethical issues regarding legalities of Ubers is their lack of response to legal concerns. Uber has yet to reach out and address legislative, tax, and regulatory concerns. Uber is not subjected to the typical arrangement of government regulations and have instead resulted in government delegating regulatory

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