Uber says 2.7m users in United Kingdom affected in 2016 breach

Andrew Cummings
November 29, 2017

Uber has confirmed that this figure is correct, and that the breach involved names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses - although the ICO noted that the company has not yet begun to inform affected users yet.

Under a 2015 amendment to the state's data breach law requested by Ferguson, consumers must be notified within 45 days of a breach, and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) also must be notified within 45 days if the breach affects 500 or more Washingtonians.

Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach
YURI GRIPAS REUTERS Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach

Sadiq Khan, the capital's mayor, said: "This latest shocking development about Uber will alarm millions of Londoners whose personal data could have been stolen by criminals". Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected. Violations carry fines of up to $2,000 (roughly Rs. 1.2 lakhs) apiece, and Ferguson said each day Uber failed to notify each customer constitutes a violation.

Uber said customers impacted by the breach don't need to take any action.


That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving auto technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.

Uber also faces lawsuits filed by consumers over the issue. John Thune (R-SD), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), notes that an outside law firm commissioned by Uber's board of directors uncovered the 2015 data breach. The lawsuit claims that Uber willfully exposed many IL residents to the risks of financial fraud, identity theft and tax scams. According to the lawsuit filed by Chicago, Uber is liable to pay Dollars 10,000 for each resident in the form of damages caused due to data breach. Uber also faces penalties of up to $50,000 (roughly Rs. 32.2 lakhs) per individual violation, if the court finds that the company meant to defraud IL residents.


Amid reports that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete customer information that was obtained in a data breach, a group of senators raised questions on Monday about the alleged breach and the company's response.

The letter, which was signed by U.S. Sens.


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