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11/27/2018
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Uber Hit With $1.2 Million Additional Fines for 2016 Data Breach

Now the penalties are coming from Europe.

UK and Dutch authorities have fined Uber a total of $1.7 million in fines for exposing customers' personal information in its 2016 data breach.

The latest financial fallout for Uber comes in the wake of September's $148 million settlement with the 50 US states and the District of Columbia for violating data breach reporting laws in its cover-up of the epic hack that affected 57 million US users.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office fined the ride-sharing firm $491,284, while the Dutch Data Protection Authority set a $679,257 penalty, CNBC reported. Some 2.7 million Uber customers were affected in the UK and 174,000 in The Netherlands.

"This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber's part, but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen," said ICO director of investigations Steve Eckersley. "At the time, no steps were taken to inform anyone affected by the breach, or to offer help and support. That left them vulnerable."

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ChristopherJames,
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1/4/2019 | 3:38:42 AM
Secret noncompliance
There are so many situations where businesses can get into trouble because they haven't made the effort to protect data an digital information. Problem for them is that people are getting smarter about what constitutes as their right to privacy. So that means companies will have to pay more money to make sure that they do their due diligence! Unfortunately chances are those companies that don't adhere to the rules will only be caught when they are caught...
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Ritu_G,
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12/14/2018 | 1:13:34 AM
Channel the fine properly
It has become ever so often that we hear of organizations being fined due to their security lax that led to breaches. However, where do those hefty sums of money go to? Are they being channelled to a proper platform that can assist those affected organizations improve their security measures? Or do they simply go to the government body that fined them? What good will that do if that is indeed the case?
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