Aug 16, 2017

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges

Uber has been ordered to introduce tougher measures to protect the privacy of its drivers and their customers, to settle charges brought by a regulator. "We have significantly strengthened our privacy and data security practices since then and will continue to invest heavily in these programmes," an Uber representative said. Comparitech security researcher Lee Munson said: "While such an agreement with the FTC may sound incredibly arduous, Uber will probably benefit from a necessary change in approach which will stand it in good stead for the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation, which threatens stiff penalties for companies that are lax with employee and customer data." In January 2016, Uber agreed to encrypt all rider geo-location data, as well as to pay a penalty of $20m to settle concerns over how it had handled the data breach. One year later, the FTC ordered Uber to pay a further $20m over claims the company had misled drivers about the potential income they could earn.

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