Uber informs regulator 2.7mn users in United Kingdom affected by 2016 breach

Tammy Harvey
November 30, 2017

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.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court contends Uber's failure to protect consumers' personal information violated city and state laws. Uber also confirmed that the hackers had accessed the names and driver's license numbers of about 7 million drivers-600,000 who reside in the United States and at least 10,000 residing in the State of Washington.

"At no time did Uber notify the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the plaintiff, class members or other affected individuals", the statement of claim read.

"Washington law is clear: When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them", Ferguson said in the release. "Nevertheless, the nature of the information now acknowledged to have been compromised, together with the allegation that the company concealed the breach without notifying affected drivers and consumers, and prior privacy concerns at Uber, makes this a serious incident that merits further scrutiny".

Uber recently landed in trouble because 57 million of its users had been hacked, and the company spent a bunch of money to deliberately hide that fact from the rest of the world. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

In a statement, Uber said the 2.7 million figure was still an approximation, not an accurate or definitive number. Under such a theory, he argues that Uber should face a penalty of several millions of dollars.

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple USA 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. The trial, brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo, centres on allegations that Uber stole autonomous vehicle technology trade secrets from it.

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