Uber to pay $148 million to settle data breach cover-up with U.S. states

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(9/26/18) Attorneys General reached a $148,000,000 settlement with Uber over data security breaches.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi’s cut represents $716,861.15.

The California-based company, Uber Technologies, Inc. failed to address a data breach to its affected drivers for an entire year after becoming aware of the incident. Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had gained access to some personal information that Uber maintains about its drivers, including drivers’ license information of approximately 600,000 drivers nationwide, and 1,230 drivers here in Mississippi. The company was able to identify the hackers and obtained assurances that the hackers deleted the information. However, the breach triggered Mississippi data breach notification requirements, and Uber failed to report the breach until a year later.

“This settlement should send a message to hacked companies that it is in their best interest to notify impacted Mississippians according to state law,” General Hood warned.

Under the settlement agreement Uber will be required to strengthen cybersecurity measures for their company in Mississippi.

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