Illinois Sues Uber Over 2016 Data Breach

30 November, 2017, 12:41 | Author: Devin Moran
  • In the hack 57 million Uber customers and drivers details were compromised

Uber's data breach has got the attention of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, who has begun the process of filing a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against the transportation company.

A spokesman for Uber told the BBC the firm is not able to clarify how many United Kingdom drivers are included in the 2.7 million.

Ferguson said that the ride-sharing company violated state law by not informing consumers that their information had been stolen in the 2015 breach.

According to Uber, the 2.7 million figure is "approximate rather than an accurate and definitive account" - this is because the information gathered by the firm's app does not always specify where users live. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers". With investigations under way by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, and NY, there will likely be more on this front soon.

In a statement released today, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says that the breach may involved 2.7 million UK user accounts. Uber waited more than a year, Ferguson said. If that penalty were applied to each of the affected drivers in Washington, it would total almost $22 million in penalties.

Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach
YURI GRIPAS REUTERS Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach

Uber failed to disclose the massive breach at the time, the company's new chief executive officer said last week.

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple US states and around the world.

Ferguson said that based on Uber's characterisation of the information hackers stole about Washington passengers, he does not believe Uber had a legal obligation to notify them.

A joint lawsuit was filed on behalf of IL and the city of Chicago on Monday, seeking to hold the ride sharing company accountable for a 2016 breach that exposed the data of 57 million customers and drivers worldwide.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said in a statement.


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