Uber confirms data breach hit 2.7m United Kingdom customers

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"It is always the company's responsibility to identify when United Kingdom citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and to take steps to reduce any harm to consumers, and it is welcome Uber has done this".

Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Tuesday for failing to notify affected residents.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the firm said that hackers made off with names, email addresses, and phone numbers of those affected in October 2016, adding that location history, credit card numbers and dates of birth were not obtained in the massive data breach. If that penalty were applied to each of the affected drivers in Washington, it would total almost $22 million in penalties.

"Washington law is clear".

"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.

Separately, prosecutors in the USA have heard that Uber may have hired ex-CIA intelligence operatives to conduct surveillance on its rivals. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars. Ferguson says that Uber did not notify his office until this month, more than a year after the breach.

The data breach occurred some time back in 2016, however Uber kept the news a secret until last week, when the hack was revealed. Uber has now started to reveal more information about what happened. "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".

Uber also faces lawsuits filed by consumers over the issue.

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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