Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

FTC evaluating "serious issues" raised by Uber breach

FTC evaluating

The chair of the group of European data protection authorities - known as the Article 29 Working Party - said on Thursday the data breach would be discussed at its meeting on November 28 and 29.

In July, a user called Rachel Beal tweeted a picture of her account, which showed a £278 bill from Russian transactions which had not been repaid. In a statement, an agency spokesman told Reuters, "We are aware of press reports describing a breach in late 2016 at Uber and Uber officials' actions after that breach".

You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later.

Some of the breached data is also from markets outside the US.

In October 2016 hackers had stolen personal data from 57 million Uber users and drivers, it revealed, including the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50M Uber riders around the world, and personal information of about 7M drivers - including around 600,000 United States driver's license numbers.

'What we do know is, based on current information, we have not seen evidence that financial details have been compromised'.

We are notifying regulatory authorities.

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By then, company executives had dressed up the breach as a "bug bounty", the practice of paying hackers to test the strength of software security, according to The New York Times. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has begun an investigation and said it had "huge concerns"...

Uber's recent settlement with the FTC stemmed from allegations that the company failed to honor its promise to monitor employees' ability to access consumers' geolocation data, and also failed to provide reasonable security for its drivers' and users' sensitive data - including names, driver's license numbers, bank account details and Social Security numbers - resulting in a 2014 data breach that affected more than 100,000 drivers.

He added: 'Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies'.

At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to secure the data and shut down further unauthorized access by the individuals.

We are individually notifying the drivers whose driver's license numbers were downloaded.

Affected accounts have been flagged for additional fraud protection, Mr Khosrowshahi said.

"I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it".

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