Uber to pay $20,000 in settlement on privacy issues with New York attorney general
Uber has agreed to pay a penalty of US$20,000 in a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for delaying in reporting to drivers the data breach of their personal information in 2014.
The ride-hailing company has also agreed to tighten employee access to geo-location data of passengers, following reports that the company’s executives had an aerial “God View” of such data, the office of the attorney general said in a statement Wednesday.
Uber notified Schneiderman’s office on Feb. 26, 2015 that driver names and license numbers were accessed by an unauthorized third party in a data breach that was discovered as early as September 2014. The fine has been imposed on the company for its delay in providing timely notice of the data breach to the affected drivers and the office of the attorney general.