Chicago, Cook County sues Uber for concealing data breech

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The group of European data protection authorities said today they set up a task force to probe ride-sharing company Uber.

The breach was a further setback to the Silicon Valley company after London's transport regulator stripped it of its operating licence in September, citing Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

The Article 29 Working Party, an advisory committee composed of data privacy watchdogs from each member state in the European Union, said after a meeting in Brussels that it had established a task force to coordinate national investigations into the breach that Uber says affected 57 million users worldwide.

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.

It's the first time an exact figure has been given for the United Kingdom specifically after the hack, in which information such as email addresses, names, and phone numbers were leaked. 10,888 Uber drivers in Washington have had their license numbers compromised by the data breach and according Ferguson's press release, Uber was required to notify the passengers and drivers of breach as well as the attorney general's office within 45 days of the attack.

The firm has said it has a total of five million active users and 50,000 drivers in the UK.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties in the millions of dollars.

The complaint also noted that "Uber is aware of its responsibilities to provide notice of data security breaches", citing the fact that, in 2016, "the New York Attorney General fined Uber for failing to notify drivers and that office about a data breach that occurred in 2014". NY fined the company US$20,000 past year over a 2014 data breach.

"We have seen no evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident".

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.

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