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European data watchdogs go after Uber

European data watchdogs go after Uber

The suit is the first enforcement action under the 2015 amendments to Washington's data breach law, and the damages theory will likely amount to several millions of dollars. Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.

Because Washington's data breach law does not define "personal information" as including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers, the complaint filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson relates only to the Uber drivers residing in Washington.

The statement also says that the government "takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously".

Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the massive breach that took place under his embattled predecessor, Travis Kalanick, and The New York Times later reported that the company had paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers responsible in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug. "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".

Responding to the latest news, a spokesman for the ICO said: "As part of our investigation we are still waiting for technical reports which should give full confirmation of the figures and the type of personal data that has been compromised".

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Separately, prosecutors in the United States have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals.

The attorney general is seeking a penalty of $2,000 for each of the almost 11,000 Washington residents affected by the breach.

Ferguson's lawsuit seeks penalties of up to $2,000 per violation of the state's data-breach-notification law. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

"We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to regain the trust of consumers", said Nathan Hambley, an Uber spokesman.


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