Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Uber to be sued $2000 per violation after data breach

Uber to be sued $2000 per violation after data breach

Last week, news broke that Uber had suffered a major security breach in 2016, which in all, affected 57 million users. Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.

Chicago Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel, who filed the complaint in conjunction with Foxx, said that companies should not be permitted to violate the law by "failing to safeguard personal information and then covering it up, preventing those impacted from taking steps to protect themselves", the station reported.

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. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".

Ferguson's lawsuit is the first from a state, although attorneys general in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut and IL have begun investigations, and the city of Chicago and Cook County have filed a lawsuit. When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them, " Ferguson said in a news release. Uber waited more than a year, Ferguson said. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected. Under such a theory, he argues that Uber should face a penalty of several millions of dollars.

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It also notes that Uber has run into trouble before for failing to notify users.

The breach saw details of 57 million accounts compromised, and Uber has been heavily criticised for not admitting sooner that its systems had been hacked, and for paying off those responsible.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said in a statement. "We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to re-gain the trust of consumers".

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court. The trial, brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo, centres on allegations that Uber stole autonomous vehicle technology trade secrets from it.

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