Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Uber Breach Exposed Personal Data of Over 25 Million Americans

Uber Breach Exposed Personal Data of Over 25 Million Americans

The judge sided with Uber and granted their motion, entering judgment in favor of Uber as a matter of law.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson on Wednesday said San Francisco-based Uber does not exert enough control over drivers for its limo service, UberBLACK, to be considered their employer under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday launched a new app for its drivers that includes real-time earnings tracker, the latest effort by the ride-hailing service to improve an often contentious relationship.

Uber places no restrictions on drivers' ability to engage in personal activities while Online, and Plaintiffs here, in fact, engaged in a range of personal activities while Online.

The legal classification of workers has been a major issue for "gig economy" companies that rely on independent contractors.

According to a report from Bloomberg, one of the plaintiffs' lawyers, Jeremy Abay, said he would appeal the ruling to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Philadelphia.

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"We have consistently stated throughout this case that employment status is not an issue that is properly determined by summary judgment, and we expect the Third Circuit to agree with us", he said.

The news could have significant ramifications for the rest of the so-called "gig economy" which have been subject to a number of test cases as this new style of working emerges.

Matthew Hank of Littler Mendelson represented Uber.

"I am pleased that just a few months after announcing this incident, we have reached a speedy resolution with the FTC that holds Uber accountable for the mistakes of the past by imposing new requirements that reasonably fit the facts", West said. Many Uber drivers have sued the company claiming that their work makes them Uber employees and entitled to pre-set minimum wages, overtime pay and insurance benefits.

Last year, the company agreed to settle a charge that it deceived customers by failing to monitor employee access to personal information on consumers, following the 2014 data breach. "The court likens this situation to a carpenter, or a plumber, who is engaged to complete a renovation project for a homeowner".

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