EU Data Watchdogs Set Up Task Force To Tackle Uber Breach

EU Data Watchdogs Set Up Task Force To Tackle Uber Breach

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach past year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer says. If the breach impacts at least 500 residents, the business must also notify the attorney general's office within 45 days.

The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK.

When Uber learned of the breach, it did not notify law enforcement, consumers, or drivers, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data they had stolen.

Hackers stole names, email addresses, and phone numbers of Uber's riders and drivers in October 2016.

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

Uber's data breach has got the attention of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, who has begun the process of filing a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against the transportation company.

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"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", Deputy Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said in a statement.

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

Separately, prosecutors in the USA have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals. Specifically, he is seeking civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation-the maximum amount allowed under Washington's revised data breach law.

In Britain, Uber drew around 2.85 million users, on average, over the past three months, according to web and mobile app traffic measurement firm SimilarWeb, indicating that most British Uber users were likely caught up in the breach.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said.

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