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Pennsylvania sues Uber over 2016 data breach

Pennsylvania sues Uber over 2016 data breach”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for violating Pennsylvania's data breach notification law.

Shapiro said Uber violated a Pennslyvania law requiring notice to people affected by data breaches within a "reasonable time".

The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, claims Uber violated the Pennsylvania Breach of Personal Information Notification Act, which requires notice to anyone impacted by a data breach within a "reasonable" time frame.

The Attorney General's legal team could potentially seek civil penalties as high as $13.5 million from Uber.

Shapiro called this "outrageous corporate misconduct".

"When it learned about the 2016 Data Breach, Uber did not notify law enforcement authorities or consumers about the breach", the lawsuit says.

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Shapiro's office said Monday that 43 state attorneys general are investigating the data breach. To make matters worse, the company took over a year to tell everyone of the attack, and opted to pay the hackers $100,000 extortion fee.

Attorney General Shapiro's Bureau of Consumer Protection began investigating the Uber breach as soon as the company publicly disclosed it last fall. The data can be used to steal someone's identity. The office noted that the theft of driver's license number may leave people vulnerable to identify theft. "While we dispute the accuracy of some of the characterizations in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's lawsuit, we will continue to cooperate with them and ask only that we be treated fairly". As more news comes out about this data breach, we'll keep you informed.

With at least 13,500 Uber drivers in Pennsylvania impacted by the breach, authorities can try to put the company on the hook for as much as $13.5 million in the case.

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

"While I was surprised by Pennsylvania's complaint this morning, I look forward to continuing the dialogue we've started as Uber seeks to resolve this matter".

In the suit, the state raised questions about Uber's explanation that the payment was part of a bug bounty program citing the company's Chief Information Security Officer John Flynn's recent testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. As Uber prepares to go public in the next two years, buttoning up the many lawsuits levied against the company is more important than ever.



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