Uber Breach Blog Data Security Law Blog

Lloyd Doyle
November 28, 2017

A group of US senators sent a letter to Uber's CEO on Monday saying the company's recently revealed data breach "merits further scrutiny".

Although the ride-hailing company has not disclosed additional details, Khosrowshahi's post suggests that the theft was discovered quickly, an investigation followed including putting together a forensic trail which led to the data thieves.

John Thune, R-S.D., chair of the Commerce Committee, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chair of the Finance committee, signed the letter, as did Consumer Protection Subcommittee chair Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Social Security Subcommittee chair Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Also today, Democratic Sen.

The City of Chicago has filed suit against Uber in relation to the massive data breach that exposed the personal information of 57 million Uber users and drivers. The ride-hailing company then remained silent on the matter for a whole year until its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, learned of the incident, and decided to make it public.


The global backlash will test Uber's new collaborative approach to regulators, a stark change from the rule-breaking culture created by former CEO Travis Kalanick. "We are working to respond to their inquiries and address their concerns".

In a separate letter sent Monday, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat and advocate of the technology industry including the on-demand sector that includes Uber, sent a letter to Mr Khosrowshahi with detailed questions about Uber's security systems and rationale for covering up the breach.

The firm is already being investigated by multiple states on the matter and may also face an investigation from the FTC, which says it is "closely evaluating the serious issues raised" by the breach. On Nov. 21, the company revealed hackers were able to take data including the names and driver's license numbers of 600,000 drivers in the USA, and personal information of 57 million Uber users worldwide, including the aforementioned drivers.

Approximately 600,000 drivers were also affected in the U.S. Their names and driver's license numbers were taken.

It's just the latest in a string of controversies for Uber, which has been battling allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, revelations it used software to evade regulators and a lawsuit from Google claiming Uber stole trade secrets.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER