Lyft, Uber want to keep Columbus license applications secret

From The Columbus Dispatch Uber and Lyft want to keep parts of their applications to become licensed transportation companies in Columbus under wraps.

The two San Francisco-based companies wrote in court filings that all or parts of applications they filed with the city last month contain proprietary trade secrets that are exempt from Ohio’s public-records laws.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft granted Uber Technologies Inc.’s request for a temporary restraining order that bars Columbus from releasing three pages of the company’s insurance policy on Friday.

Lyft Inc. filed for a similar order yesterday that would shield its entire application, plus the applications submitted by potential drivers.

Neither company could be reached for comment.

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