Senators raise questions about Uber's response to reported 2015 data breach

Uber revealed last week that 57 million users were affected by the breach
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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.

The Information Commissioner's Office of the United Kingdom has already launched an investigation into the matter, saying that it has "huge concerns" about Uber's data practices and its decision not to disclose the breach.

This comes following the admission of Uber that information of Filipinos were exposed in a massive breach involving 57 million users worldwide dating back to October 2016. The stolen data included customers' email addresses, mobile phone numbers, and the driver's licence numbers of about 600,000 Uber drivers in the US.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will conduct its investigation on the data breach involving personal data of users of ridesharing firm Uber in the Philippines.

Filipino data subjects were affected, but there was no indication that any driver's license was downloaded, it said.

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.

"Washington law is clear: When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them", Ferguson said in a statement on Tuesday.

Uber spokeswoman Molly Spaeth responded in a statement, according to The Chicago Tribune, noting that the ride sharing company was "committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to regain the trust of consumers". Under such a theory, he argues that Uber should face a penalty of several millions of dollars.

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.

Ferguson announced the state's lawsuit hours after developments in a California court case revealed that federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals.

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