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Senators raise questions about Uber's response to reported 2015 data breach

Senators raise questions about Uber's response to reported 2015 data breach

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.

The October 2016 data breach of Uber's systems affected up to 2.7 million user accounts in the United Kingdom belonging to both customers and drivers, it has emerged.

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 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 says that Uber did not notify his office until this month, more than a year after the breach. Almost 11,000 drivers in the state were affected. When trying to take on US giants such as Google (googl) and Facebook (fb) over their flouting of European privacy law, the regulators learned a few years ago that it was best to coordinate their investigations for maximum impact.

Although several class actions have already been filed against Uber-as well as at least one suit filed by a municipality-the Washington enforcement action marks a new type of liability Uber will face in connection with the 2016 breach.

Currently, ICO is waiting on technical reports for full confirmation on the damage, including exact details on compromised personal information.

In a statement, Uber said the 2.7 million figure was still an approximation, not an accurate or definitive number.

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.

"We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to regain the trust of consumers", said Nathan Hambley, an Uber spokesman.

That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving vehicle technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.