The UK’s data protection watchdog is set to flag down Uber over anhidden for more than a year.
“Uber’s announcement about a concealed data breach last October raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics”, said the Information Commissioner’s Office. “If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified”. Concealing a breach can result in higher fines for companies that lose data, the statement added.
As well as failing to protect customer data, Uber acknowledged that it paid off hackers to cover up the breach. The ride-hailing company said Tuesday it paid $100,000 (around £75,000) for the unidentified hackers to delete names, email addresses and driver’s licence numbers of up to 57 million customers and drivers worldwide.
It’s the latest controversy for Uber, which has also faced scrutiny over a, its and its . The service is currently embroiled in a legal dispute in London, where the transit authority earlier this fall.
Uber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.