Illinois Sues Uber Over 2016 Data Breach

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.

"Washington law is clear, when a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them", Ferguson said, in announcing what he billed as a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

"Uber's conduct has been truly stunning".

The data breach resulted in almost 11,000 Washington Uber drivers having their data compromised. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers". 10,888 Uber drivers in Washington have had their license numbers compromised by the data breach and according Ferguson's press release, Uber was required to notify the passengers and drivers of breach as well as the attorney general's office within 45 days of the attack.

The Data Privacy Act penalizes the concealment of security breaches involving sensitive information with imprisonment ranging from 18 months to five years and a fine of not less than PHP500,000.

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.

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The data breach occurred some time back in 2016, however Uber kept the news a secret until last week, when the hack was revealed.

No financial details or journey records were taken by the attackers, who were paid $100,000 to delete the files, but some personal information was stolen and there are no guarantees the data was indeed destroyed.

Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple US states and around the world.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident", Uber said in a statement.

Europe's data protection authorities can streamline their investigations into companies, something that is exceptional, but that has happened in big cases including the Yahoo data breach earlier this year.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court.

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