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UK watchdog frets over Uber's $100,000 pay-off to cover up data breach

Uber said on Tuesday that it had only learned recently that personal information from about Uber 57 million accounts had been stolen in 2016

Reuters  |  London 

Uber’s secret $100,000 pay-off to hackers to cover up a massive breach of customer and driver data at the ride-hailing firm raises “huge concerns” about its data policies and ethics, Britain’s data protection regulator said on Wednesday. “Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies,” James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, said in a statement. The maximum penalty is 500,000 pounds ($662,350.00) under current British law for ...

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First Published: Wed, November 22 2017. 15:42 IST