Pennsylvania Files Lawsuit Against Uber

March 7, 2018, Written By Lynn Oldshue

The Pennsylvania attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Uber for violating the state’s data breach notification laws, which requires companies to notify consumers of a breach within a “reasonable” time frame.

Uber learned of the massive breach in October 2016 and paid a $100,000 ransom to the cybercriminals in exchange for their silence and a promise they would delete the stolen information, which included the names and drivers’ license information of approximately 600,000 drivers as well as the data of more than 25 million riders in the United States. In total, more than 57 million people were impacted by the breach.

The ride share company did not reveal the breach until November 2017—a move that an Uber exec called “wrong.”

“Uber violated Pennsylvania law by failing to put our residents on timely notice of this massive data breach,” Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro said in a press release. “Instead of notifying impacted consumers of the breach within a reasonable amount of time, Uber hid the incident for over a year—and actually paid the hackers to delete the data and stay quiet. That’s just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I’m suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians.”

As Uber faces this lawsuit, they have also launched their first fleet of self-driving trucks in Arizona. The vehicles will still contain a human to monitor safety, but this is a major step forward in driverless technology. Currently, a single person generally drives an entire load from one location to the next. But now human beings will monitor short legs of the drive during the beginning and end of a trek, while the driverless trucks will handle the long section in between, according to Arstechnica.

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About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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