Washington state AG sues Uber over data breach

Delia Watkins
November 30, 2017

Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court contends Uber's failure to protect consumers' personal information violated city and state laws.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will conduct its investigation on the data breach involving personal data of users of ridesharing firm Uber in the Philippines.

The data breach resulted in almost 11,000 Washington Uber drivers having their data compromised.

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach previous year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer says.

Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Tuesday for failing to notify affected residents.

This number has been confirmed by the government's digital minister Matt Hancock, and according to Uber it affected names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

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"Washington law is clear: When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them", Ferguson said in a statement on Tuesday.

The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information". Violations carry fines of up to US$2,000, and Ferguson said each day Uber failed to notify each customer constitutes a violation.

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple US states and around the world. Uber failed to disclose a massive breach past year, which disclosed the data of some 57 million users, the company's new chief executive officer said last week, according to Reuters.

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.

Uber also faces lawsuits filed by consumers over the issue.

Similarly, the UK's Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, said, "The Government expects Uber to respond fully to the incident with the urgency it demands and to provide the appropriate support to its customers and drivers in the United Kingdom".

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