Uber settles privacy issue with New York Attorney general for $20,000

By | November 1, 2016

The company will also protect and limit employee access to client geo-location data.


Uber has consented to pay a fee of US$20,000 in an agreement with Eric T. Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, for putting off informing their drivers the info breach of their private data in 2014.


The company has also conceded to toughen employee’s privilege to access the geo-location data of passengers, after reports that the company’s heads had a bird-like view of such info, a spokesperson from the office of the attorney general has said in a statement.


Uber informed the Atty. General’s office back in February 26 of last year that names of drivers along with license numbers were obtained by an unpermitted 3rd-party in a breach of data that was uncovered September of 2014. The penalty has been enforced on Uber for putting off giving up-to-date warnings of the info breach to the drivers who were affected and to the Atty. General’s office as well.


According to Schneiderman’s office, an Engineer from Uber had made a post way back in 2014, on the website Github.com, an access identification for the company’s 3rd– party cloud depository in a public post, and in May 12,2014, a person not connected to the company had been able to get access to Uber’s collection of information which included driver data.


The company also got into another dispute the same year (2014) when reports from BuzzFeed came about regarding an executive of the company using “God View” to trail its reporter’s trip without consent. The squabble led Al Franken, a U.S Senator who is also a highly regarded member of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Tech and the Law, to question Uber regarding its policies about privacy, including who in the company has access and what reason that person was granted access to what they call the “God View” mechanism.


The Atty. General’s office started a probe in November of 2014 into the company’s handling of client private data that it compiles. Information like names, electronic mail addresses, phone numbers and payment data.


There was no comment made from Uber immediately following the announcement of the settlement.