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Taxi-booking app, Uber, has agreed to a $10 million (£7m) settlement over background checks of its drivers.

In 2014, Uber was sued over its claim that its background checks were better than those used by traditional minicab companies. It sparked controversy given reports and allegations of sexual assaults carried out by Uber drivers around the world.

Following the settlement, Uber said it will no longer use the phrase "safest drive on the road" in its marketing campaigns. The controversial company said it had addressed many of the concerns, but did not admit wrongdoing. Uber uses a different criminal record system to traditional minicabs, which often require drivers to give their fingerprint for background checks. It has been reported that Uber will not switch to the fingerprint system.

Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles highlighted that 25 people with criminal records were known to have secured a job as a driver with Uber. Several of them were sex offenders, and one was even a murderer.

In a statement, Uber said: "Accidents and incidents do happen... That's why we need to ensure that the language used to describe safety at Uber is clear and precise."

It added: "We're glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California."

"The result we achieved today goes well beyond its impact on Uber,'' said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

"It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share, laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored.''