Uber Fined €1M by Dutch and British Regulators Over 2016 Data Breach

Uber concealed the 2016 data breach for over a year, in which hackers gained access to personal information of 57 million people worldwide. It then paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data.



Uber Technologies Inc., which is already dealing with a barrage of legal and regulatory issues, has landed itself a £900,000 fine by UK and Dutch regulators over stolen customer data which the company then kept under wraps.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) announced it is imposing a €600,000 fine on Uber and its Dutch subsidiary Uber B.V. for violating Dutch data breach regulation in 2016. Meanwhile, UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has imposed a £385,000 fine for the same data breach.

Uber hushed up the 2016 data breach for over a year, in which hackers gained access to personal information of 57 million people worldwide. The information included names, email addresses, and telephone numbers and the locations where they had signed up. The company also paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data.

Then newly appointed CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, stated that such behavior would not be tolerated by the company. Khosrowshahi said, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

In addition, information of 3.7 million drivers was exposed. This included their weekly pay, trip summaries and, in some cases, even their driver’s license numbers were acquired.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said the data breach was caused by inadequate information security. It was compounded by Uber’s decision to not report the attack to the authorities and the data subjects within 72 hours after the discovery of the breach. Instead, Uber chose to comply with the hackers’ demands to pay $100,000 as a “bug bounty.”

This isn’t the first time Uber has been fined for its infamous 2016 data breach. The ride-hailing company was forced to cough up $148 million in fines to settle claims related to the data breach cover up.

The fine ads to Uber’s never-ending list of controversies. Right from surge pricing, to its attitude towards consumer safety, the company has attracted a great deal of criticism on social media.

Anna Domanska
Anna Domanska is an Industry Leaders Magazine author possessing wide-range of knowledge for Business News. She is an avid reader and writer of Business and CEO Magazines and a rigorous follower of Business Leaders.

Recent Posts

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro: Specifications, Release Date, Features and much more

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro: Specifications, Release Date, Features and much more

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can be a hit with its ever new technology A15 Bionic chip and other cool profound features.
1 day ago
Total signs $27 billion energy deal to fund 1-gigawatt solar power plant

Total signs $27 billion energy deal to fund 1-gigawatt solar power plant

The French oil major, Total, has signed a $27 billion deal to fund a 1-gigawatt solar power plant, and boost oil and gas production in the Middle-East region.
1 day ago
PMI seals $1.51 billion takeover of British inhalation specialist Vectura

PMI seals $1.51 billion takeover of British inhalation specialist Vectura

Philip Morris International (PMI) acquires a 22.6% stake in British inhalation specialist Vecutra closing in on the controversial $1.51 billion takeover.
2 days ago
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joins the space race

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joins the space race

Wozniak, popularly known as “Woz”, is setting up a private space company with Ripcord co-founder Alex Fielding. In a tweet, Wozniak shared a promotional video for the company c
3 days ago
Auto chip shortage affects its production; factory closures rise

Auto chip shortage affects its production; factory closures rise

Automakers like Peugot, Ford, and Toyota are on the run to regain high-margins from the auto chip making since the pandemic and weather disasters have taken over.
3 days ago
Boeing bullish on growth in Asia-Pacific region

Boeing bullish on growth in Asia-Pacific region

Boeing, the US manufacturer projects that its global fleet of airline planes will surpass 49,000 by 2040.
4 days ago