Pennsylvania attorney general sues Uber over 2016 data breach


Updated| Pennsylvania's attorney general announced Monday that he was suing Uber over a massive data breach in 2016 that the company didn't reveal until November of past year.

Shapiro argued in a statement Monday that the failure to disclose the breach was illegal, because the notification was not done "within a reasonable time frame". In a statement, Shapiro's office claims that at least 13,500 Pennsylvania Uber users had their first and last names, and driver's license numbers stolen in the hack.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro was one of 43 attorneys general across the country looking into the data breach. "Instead, Uber paid the hackers at least $100,000 to delete the acquired consumer data and keep quiet about the breach". "That's just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I'm suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians". Uber said it is cooperating with Pennsylvania investigators.

The company informed the public of the breach in November 2017.

When it revealed the hack, Uber said there was no evidence the stolen data had been misused.

Pennsylvania joins other US Attorneys General and customers who have filed similar complaints.

Data breaches have become a fact of life in a world devoted to apps, e-commerce and an internet overstuffed with personal information. Washington state and Chicago have also sued Uber. Shapiro can seek up to $1,000 in fines for every violation.

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"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it", the troubled company's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, had said at the time. "And as a result of that, we think that they violated two laws in Pennsylvania: our data breach notification law and our unfair trade practices law".

Uber reported that more than 600,000 drivers in the US had first and last names in addition to driver's license numbers stolen in the breach.

Pennsylvania's attorney general is suing the ride-hailing company Uber, saying it broke state law when it failed to notify thousands of drivers for a year that hackers stole their personal information.

"The more personal information these criminals gain access to, the more vulnerable the person whose information was stolen becomes", Shapiro said.

Shaprio says his Bureau of Consumer Protection began investigating the Uber security breach as soon as the company disclosed it last fall.

Fresh off settling Alphabet's self-driving lawsuit against the company, Uber's new Chief Legal Officer Tony West continues to grapple with a number of legal issues that he inherited. "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes", Khosrowshahi wrote in the November 2017 statement.

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