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Washington state sues Uber for millions over data breach cover up

30 November 2017

The breach was a further setback to the Silicon Valley company after London's transport regulator stripped it of its operating licence in September, citing Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

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.

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.

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So, on Wednesday, the regulators chose to form a task force to deal with the Uber breach, in which the company covered up the fact that hackers had stolen the details of 57 million users around the world.

Last week, Uber acknowledged that more than a year ago, it paid hackers a US$100,000 (NZ$145,050) ransom to destroy personal data they stole concerning more than 57 million of its customers and drivers.

Uber's data breach has got the attention of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, who has begun the process of filing a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against the transportation company. It involved names, mobile-phone numbers and email addresses, the ride-hailing firm told the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them, " Ferguson said in a news release. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information". The incident took place previous year but was only revealed last week.

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"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident".

The letter also notes that Uber entered into a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in August 2017 in response to the company's privacy and data security standards.

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.

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The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court.

Washington state sues Uber for millions over data breach cover up