September 28, 2018

$4.5M to CT from Uber data breach

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Ridesharing company Uber is testing its autonomous vehicles (shown above) in several states. Connecticut is aiming to be a future test site of the driverless technology.

Nearly 4,000 current and former Connecticut Uber drivers will share proceeds of a $148 million multi-state settlement with the California car-sharing service for allegedly not disclosing right away that its drivers' personal information had been hacked, authorities say.

State Attorney General George P. Jepsen said all 50 states and the District of Columbia will share in the settlement with San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc.

Connecticut's share is $4.5 million, of which $650,000 is earmarked to fund the state's consumer-protection efforts.

From the balance, $100 will be paid to each eligible Connecticut Uber driver at the time of the breach -- as many as 3,549 drivers, some of whom may no longer work for Uber, officials said.

A settlement administrator will be appointed and payment distribution and details will be announced later, officials said. Any remaining settlement funds will go into the state's General Fund.

According to investigators, Uber learned in 2016 that hackers had pilfered some of the personal information that the company maintains about its drivers, including driver's license information for approximately 600,000 drivers nationwide.

Authorities said Uber failed to report the breach to the Connecticut attorney general and to the affected drivers until last Nov. -- well outside of the requirement under state law that data breaches involving certain personal information be disclosed to affected individuals and the state without unreasonable delay, and within 90 days of discovery.

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