LTFRB sets probe into Uber data breach

LTFRB sets probe into Uber data breach

European data protection authorities said Wednesday that they are pooling their resources to probe Uber's recently disclosed data breach, which has put the ride-sharing company in regulators' crosshairs.

Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the massive breach that took place under his embattled predecessor, Travis Kalanick, and The New York Times later reported that the company had paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers responsible in an effort to sweep the incident under the rug. The stolen data included customers' email addresses, mobile phone numbers, and the driver's licence numbers of about 600,000 Uber drivers in the US.

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

Uber says that the 2.7 million figure is an approximation because some users might disclose a different location to the one where they actually live. 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. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers". If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed.

Just over a week ago, Uber revealed that the personal information of 57 million customers had been stolen past year in a cyberattack.

"While Uber has repeatedly asserted that there has been no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident, the concealment of a data breach bears serious consequences under the Data Privacy Act of 2012", according to Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro.

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 US 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 statement said.