The company admitted earlier this week that it has orchestrated a cover-up to prevent hackers from making public data on 57 million riders and drivers that was leaked in October 2016. Seven million Uber drivers had their data exposed and 600,000 had their driver’s license numbers leaked.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi didn’t deny reports that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to remain silent and delete the data. He apologized for the inconvenience and pledged to revamp the company’s business practices.
The Article 29 Working Party, E.U.’s data protection body said the issue would be analyzed on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 when the regulators meet. E.U. regulators cannot sanction Uber but they can create task forces that can coordinate the investigations in different countries.
Europe Beefing Up Protections Against Any Data Breach
The E.U. is preparing a stronger data protection law for May 2018. After that date, regulators will be able to slap firms with hefty fines and their coordination powers will be greatly expanded.
The stolen info in the Uber breach included names, phone numbers, email accounts of users worldwide. The company claims that only the data of U.S. drivers was leaked and refused to name the other countries affected or the names of the hackers. We do know that there were at least to hackers.
The Italian Data Protection Authority voiced concerns over Uber’s practice of hiding such a massive breach from the public. Italian regulators launched their own investigation into the matter as they want to see how badly Italian users were affected.
The British said they had “huge concerns” about the U.S. company’s ethics in the wake of the attack and the cover-up.
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