Pennsylvania Attorney General Sues Uber Over Data Breach
March 14, 2018
Last week, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General sued Uber for allegedly failing to provide timely notice to its drivers that their personal identifying information (“PII”) had been compromised in a data breach in 2016.
The lawsuit seeks $13.5 million in penalties against Uber—$1,000 for each of the 13,500 Pennsylvanian Uber drivers whose driver’s license information was accessed by hackers. The complaint alleges that, in violation of Pennsylvania’s data breach notification law, Uber failed to provide notice “without unreasonable delay” to the affected drivers, instead paying the hackers to allegedly “delete the data and stay quiet.” A second claim in the lawsuit against Uber alleges the company’s conduct violated the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
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