Nov 27, 2018

Uber fined £385,000 for losing UK customer data

AFP Uber has been fined £385,000 for letting hackers steal data on 2.7 million UK customers. The data had been stolen thanks to "Avoidable data security flaws", said the Information Commissioner's Office. Uber has also been fined 600,000 euros by data regulators in Holland over the same breach, as it also affected 174,000 Dutch customers. "This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber's part but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen," said Steve Eckersley, director of investigations at the ICO. Uber had done nothing to alert people that data had been downloaded or to support people affected, he added. In response, Uber said it had changed how it handled data since 2016 and now employed a chief privacy officer and a data protection head who oversaw its operations.

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