Chicago, Cook County sues Uber for concealing data breech

Violet Tucker
Ноября 30, 2017

Uber failed to disclose the massive breach at the time, the company's new chief executive officer said last week.

The stolen information includes names, email addresses and phone numbers and - for United States drivers - licence numbers.

In the hack, 57 million Uber customers and drivers' details were compromised.

Separately, prosecutors in the USA have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

Under Washington law, the breach of names, phone numbers and addresses does not require notification, Ferguson said, but the driver's license numbers do. And in Italy, the only European Union country to have announced a full-blown investigation into the Uber incident before Wednesday, the fine may be more than $1 million, with the amount being related to the number of Italians who were affected. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".

In a statement, Uber said the 2.7 million figure was still an approximation, not an accurate or definitive number.

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The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars.

The letter also notes that Uber entered into a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in August 2017 in response to the company's privacy and data security standards.

The senators posed 11 questions including when Uber first learned about the data breach, how many customers were affected, what types of data were compromised, what regulators were notified, and what steps were taken to mitigate potential harm to consumers whose information was comprised.

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.

"Defendant's conduct is made more egregious by the fact that Uber paid the hackers to delete the personal information and keep quiet about the breach", Ferguson wrote in the lawsuit, filed 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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