The group of European data protection authorities said today they set up a task force to probe ride-sharing company Uber.
When Uber learned of the breach, it did not notify law enforcement, consumers, or drivers, but instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data they had stolen.
"Uber users who notice anything suspicious can contact Uber's Help Centre by tapping "Help" in the app, then "Account and Payment Options" "I have an unknown charge" "I think my account has been hacked".
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. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".
"The Board will be calling Uber's attention on the matter of its alleged admission on the breach of data privacy and will conduct its own investigation", LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said in a text message to reporters on Wednesday. Uber has said the breach involved names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.
Central to the lawsuit are claims that Uber failed to protect its data and, once the breach occurred, actively went out of its way to hide this. Uber waited more than a year, Ferguson said.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: "This latest shocking development about Uber will alarm millions of Londoners whose personal data could have been stolen by criminals". If the breach impacts at least 500 residents, the business must also notify the attorney general's office within 45 days. Under such a theory, he argues that Uber should face a penalty of several millions of dollars.
However, Attorney General Ferguson contends that each day that Uber failed to report the breach to each of the drivers-as well as to his office-counts as a separate violation.
Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Tuesday for failing to notify affected residents.
"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident".