Uber looking into allegations that general manger violated car-booking service's privacy rules

Uber Technologies is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by snooping on a reporter's whereabouts.

The probe, confirmed Wednesday, stems from allegations that Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber's New York office, used a company tracking tool called "God's View" to monitor the location of a BuzzFeed reporter earlier this month. Internet news service BuzzFeed first reported the investigation.

In a statement, Uber said access to the personal data of anyone using its car service is limited to "legitimate business purposes." The San Francisco company says employees that violated the rules may be fired.

News of the investigation followed a separate BuzzFeed story reporting that another Uber executive recently threatened to look into the personal lives of journalists that have criticized Uber.