Uber informs regulator 2.7mn users in United Kingdom affected by 2016 breach

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By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers. "The order also requires Uber to implement a comprehensive program to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information it collects and maintains".

This number has been confirmed by the government's digital minister Matt Hancock, and according to Uber it affected names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

A statement of claim filed this week in Calgary by Branch MacMaster LLP said that Uber's handling of the whole affair was "willful, reckless, wanton, negligent, callous and in total disregard for the security and rights of the plaintiff and class members".

"This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives".

"On its own this information is unlikely to pose a direct threat to citizens", said James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner at the ICO. People should continue to be vigilant and follow the advice from the NCSC.

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No financial details or journey records were taken by the attackers, who were paid $100,000 to delete the files, but some personal information was stolen and there are no guarantees the data was indeed destroyed.

ICO said it expects Uber to alert all the affected British users, both Uber drivers and passengers, as soon as possible. And in Italy, the only European Union country to have announced a full-blown investigation into the Uber incident before Wednesday, the fine may be more than $1 million, with the amount being related to the number of Italians who were affected.

The Information Commissioner's Office of the United Kingdom has already launched an investigation into the matter, saying that it has "huge concerns" about Uber's data practices and its decision not to disclose the breach.

The government said the new Data Protection Bill would grant the ICO further powers to defend consumer interests, and issue even higher fines of up to £18m, or 4% of an organisation's global turnover in exceptional cases.

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