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Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

European data watchdogs go after Uber

European data watchdogs go after Uber

Uber has said the breach involved names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.

Ferguson's lawsuit is the first from a state, although attorneys general in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut and IL have begun investigations, and the city of Chicago and Cook County have filed a lawsuit.

Uber recently landed in trouble because 57 million of its users had been hacked, and the company spent a bunch of money to deliberately hide that fact from the rest of the world. Uber also confirmed that the hackers had accessed the names and driver's license numbers of about 7 million drivers-600,000 who reside in the United States and at least 10,000 residing in the State of Washington. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected.

Washington is the latest state to take Uber to court over its hidden data breach.

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. With the announcement, San Francisco-based Uber said it concealed the breach for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars.

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and around the world.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement: "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 UK".

"We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to re-gain the trust of consumers, " the statement said.

However, Attorney General Ferguson contends that each day that Uber failed to report the breach to each of the drivers-as well as to his office-counts as a separate violation.

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

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