European data watchdogs go after Uber

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"The Board will be calling Uber's attention on the matter of its alleged admission on the breach of data privacy and will conduct its own investigation", LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said in a text message to reporters on Wednesday.

Amid reports that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to delete customer information that was obtained in a data breach, a group of senators raised questions on Monday about the alleged breach and the company's response.

According to Uber, the 2.7 million figure is "approximate rather than an accurate and definitive account" - this is because the information gathered by the firm's app does not always specify where users live.

More than 27 million of Uber's United Kingdom customers and drivers were affected in its 2016 data breach, with their names, email addresses and phone number stolen from the company's servers. 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.

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.

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




Just over a week ago, Uber revealed that the personal information of 57 million customers had been stolen past year in a cyberattack. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said in a statement.

For its part, Uber disclosed that two individuals outside the company inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that it uses. 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.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals.

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