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No More Parking Spot Auctioning
By: Jessica Cherok
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Parking in San Francisco sucks. So much so that a new app called MonkeyParking sought to help users find parking spaces and make money off of spots they were leaving.

The app allowed users to auction off parking spots they were occupying to the highest bidder. The city, however, ordered MonkeyParking to cease and desist and remove the app from Apple’s App Store. According to the city, it is illegal to auction off public land, and “creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate.”

MonkeyParking could face up to $2,500 per violation if it doesn’t stop its operations in the city. In addition, users could face $300 fines.

MonkeyParking isn’t the only new service under legal fire. Uber, and its competitor Lyft, have been under fire from taxi companies for their ride services. Taxi companies have complained that these car services do not have to adhere to the same regulations as taxis, and therefore are unfair, unregulated competition.

The City of San Francisco did point out that people are still able to rent out their private driveways and privately held parking spaces, since private property is unaffected by the ban. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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