LTFRB sets probe into Uber data breach

For its part, Uber disclosed that two individuals outside the company inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that it uses.

A spokesman for Uber told the BBC the firm is not able to clarify how many United Kingdom drivers are included in the 2.7 million.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court contends Uber's failure to protect consumers' personal information violated city and state laws.

"Uber's conduct has been truly stunning".

The breach was a further setback to the Silicon Valley company after London's transport regulator stripped it of its operating licence in September, citing Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

The data is understood to have included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, but according to Uber, trip location history, credit card and bank account numbers, and dates of birth were not downloaded. With investigations under way by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, and NY, there will likely be more on this front soon.

"Washington law is clear: When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them", Ferguson said in a statement on Tuesday. If that penalty were applied to each of the affected drivers in Washington, it would total almost $22 million in penalties.

The story was first broken by Bloomberg, which reported that Uber not only sought to cover up the incident but also paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data they had stolen. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple USA states and around the world. Ferguson says that Uber did not notify his office until this month, more than a year after the breach. NY fined the company US$20,000 past year over a 2014 data breach. Uber has now started to reveal more information about what happened.

  • Joey Payne