Uber Hit With First State Lawsuit for Keeping Data Breach Secret

Lucy Hill
November 30, 2017

The Article 29 Working Party, an advisory committee composed of data privacy watchdogs from each member state in the European Union, said after a meeting in Brussels that it had established a task force to coordinate national investigations into the breach that Uber says affected 57 million users worldwide. The organisation has already parted company with its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, over the 13-month cover-up.

It's the first time an exact figure has been given for the United Kingdom specifically after the hack, in which information such as email addresses, names, and phone numbers were leaked.

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

"On its own this information is unlikely to pose a direct threat to citizens", said James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO.

Representatives of the authorities met in Brussels today to go over information Uber provided since the breach became public. "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". People should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the NCSC.

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

Europe's national privacy regulators have joined forces to tackle Uber over the way it handled its monumental data breach past year.

The government said the new Data Protection Bill would grant the ICO further powers to defend consumer interests, and issue even higher fines of up to £18m, or 4% of an organisation's global turnover in exceptional cases.

"Uber users who notice anything suspicious can contact Uber's Help Centre by tapping "Help" in the app, then "Account and Payment Options" "I have an unknown charge" "I think my account has been hacked".

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

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