Uber relaxing criminal record rules

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CHICAGO — It just got easier for convicted criminals to become Uber drivers.

Uber says anyone convicted of a non-violent, non-sexual offense may now apply to become an Uber driver.

According to the company, drivers are not considered employees of Uber, but independent contractors.

Uber’s chief security officer says the new policy will give people with slightly blemished records a second chance.

The company will launch this pilot program in California in February.

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