Washington state AG sues Uber over data breach

Washington state AG sues Uber over data breach

Uber failed to disclose a massive breach previous year, which disclosed the data of some 57 million users, the company's new chief executive officer said last week, according to Reuters.

"This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives", Uber said in a statement.

Washington state has sued ride-sharing company Uber, saying it broke state law when it failed to notify more than 10,000 drivers that their personal information was accessed as part of a major data breach.

The compromised data included the names and drivers of about 600,000 drivers in the United States and some personal information, such as names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers of 57 million Uber users around the world.

Uber users and drivers in this country accounted for almost half of the 57 million total affected by the hack on its systems, which was covered up for more than a year.

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Filipino data subjects were affected, but there was no indication that any driver's license was downloaded, it said.

Had the incident taken place after the introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) next May, the penalties could have been more severe. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

A statement of claim filed this week in Calgary by Branch MacMaster LLP said that Uber's handling of the whole affair was "willful, reckless, wanton, negligent, callous and in total disregard for the security and rights of the plaintiff and class members".

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