Chicago Sues Uber Over Data Beach

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and chief executive officer of Uber Technologies, speaks during the TiE Global Entrepeneurs Summit in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 16, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Udit Kulshrestha.
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The city of Chicago and the Cook County state’s attorney are suing Uber after the company revealed that it waited more than a year to disclose a massive data breach and, according to multiple reports, paid the hackers responsible $100,000 to stay quiet.

The legal action by Illinois officials is the latest move in a mounting backlash against the company, which said last week that the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers had been stolen in October 2016. Uber now faces at least four lawsuits, including three seeking class-action status, prompted by the data breach. The attorneys general of five states have launched investigations, and the Federal Trade Commission said it is closely evaluating reports of the hack.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Hamza Shaban 



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