Florida to get $8.2M of $148M Uber data breach settlement

Posted at 9:39 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 09:39:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will receive $8.2 million under a settlement that requires Uber to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Florida's cut of a $148-million settlement Wednesday between Uber Technologies Inc. and all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver's license information, for roughly 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. The company acknowledged the breach in November 2017, saying it paid $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

The states sued Uber, saying the company violated laws requiring it to promptly notify people affected by the breach.