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Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states over data breach
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:34:21 AM »
Uber will pay $148 million and tighten data security after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information, according to a settlement announced Wednesday.

Uber Technologies Inc. reached the agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia after a massive data breach in 2016. Instead of reporting it, Uber hid evidence of the theft and paid ransom to ensure the data wouldn't be misused.

Arizona will receive $2,738,795.47, with $100 paid out to each affected Uber driver in the state. A settlement administrator will be retained to provide notice and payment to eligible drivers. Details of that process will be announced by the Arizona Attorney General's Office after the effective date of the settlement.

"This is one of the most egregious cases we've ever seen in terms of notification; a yearlong delay is just inexcusable," Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told The Associated Press. "And we're not going to put up with companies, Uber or any other company, completely ignoring our laws that require notification of data breaches."

Uber, whose GPS-tracked drivers pick up riders who summon them from cellphone apps, learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver's license information, for roughly 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. The company acknowledged the breach in November 2017, saying it paid $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.


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