Chicago Sues Uber for 2016 Data Breach


This week, on behalf of the people of Illinois and the city of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced a lawsuit against Uber. The lawsuit was announced after Uber disclosed a massive 2016 data breach, after waiting more than one year.

The personal information of customers and drivers had been stolen in October last year, and 57 million drivers and users are involved in the data breach.

The lawsuit asked to fine Uber at least $3,650,000, which is $10,000 a day for every day Uber failed to disclose the data breach. In addition, if the court find Uber intended to defraud Illinois residents, the company will face penalties of up to $50,000 per individual violation.

“Not only did Uber allow a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of drivers and passengers, they brazenly attempted to conceal this information from the public,” Emanuel said in a statement this week.

“The City of Chicago will not tolerate these kinds of irresponsible practices, which is why we are taking legal action to hold Uber accountable for their reckless actions,” Emanuel added.

Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of Uber, said that the company identified the hackers and “obtained assurances that the downloaded data had been destroyed.” However, Uber’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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