Uber to be sued $2000 per violation after data breach

Dianna Christensen
November 30, 2017

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach a year ago, which disclosed the data of some 57 million users, the company's new chief executive officer said last week, according to Reuters.

In Britain, Uber drew around 2.85 million users, on average, over the past three months, according to web and mobile app traffic measurement firm SimilarWeb, indicating that most British Uber users were likely caught up in the breach.

The group of European data protection authorities said today they set up a task force to probe ride-sharing company Uber. Uber investigated and confirmed that the individual and one other person had in fact accessed Uber's files, which included the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of about 50 million passengers worldwide. Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.

Filipino data subjects were affected, but there was no indication that any driver's license was downloaded, it said. When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them, " Ferguson said in a news release. And in Italy, the only European Union country to have announced a full-blown investigation into the Uber incident before Wednesday, the fine may be more than $1 million, with the amount being related to the number of Italians who were affected. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

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

Uber is being hit with a class-action lawsuit by a law firm representing Albertans whose personal information was compromised when the ride-hailing company suffered a data breach. Regulators from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom will also take part.

In a statement Tuesday, Uber said it takes the matter seriously and is cooperating with regulators.

Uber also faces lawsuits filed by consumers over the issue. The trial, brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo, centres on allegations that Uber stole autonomous vehicle technology trade secrets from it.

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