It was reported recently that Uber discovered that it suffered a major data breach in 2016.
The law requires companies to disclose data breaches to affected consumers and the attorney general's office within 45 days.
A joint lawsuit was filed on behalf of IL and the city of Chicago on Monday, seeking to hold the ride sharing company accountable for a 2016 breach that exposed the data of 57 million customers and drivers worldwide. Not only that, the company reportedly tried to sweep the matter under the rug.
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Washington state has sued ride-sharing company Uber, saying it broke state law when it failed to notify more than 10,000 drivers that their personal information was accessed as part of a major data breach.
Hackers stole names, email addresses, and phone numbers of Uber's riders and drivers in October 2016. When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them, " Ferguson said in a news release.
"Uber users who notice anything suspicious can contact Uber's Help Centre by tapping "Help" in the app, then "Account and Payment Options" "I have an unknown charge" "I think my account has been hacked". The incident took place past year but was only revealed last week. "Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information".
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Ferguson's lawsuit is the first from a state, although attorneys general in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, Connecticut and IL have begun investigations, and the city of Chicago and Cook County have filed a lawsuit.
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. Specifically, he is seeking civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation-the maximum amount allowed under Washington's revised data breach law.
The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK.
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In a statement, Uber said the 2.7 million figure was still an approximation, not an accurate or definitive number.