The carpooling service Uber has been fined the correspondent of nearly $1.2 million by the Dutch and British authorities as it failed to protect the customers’ data during the cyber-attack in 2016. On Tuesday, the Britain’s Information Commissioner Office penalized the company with 385,000 pounds ($491,000, i.e., Rs. 3,46,98,957) and the Dutch officials levied a 600,000 Euro ($679,000, i.e., Rs. 4,78,16,400) fine for violating the Dutch data protection laws.
The British officials referred to a series of “avoidable data security flaws” that has allowed personal data approximately for 2.7 million U.K. customers that could be downloaded by hackers during an incident in October and November 2016. The Dutch officials have claimed that Uber did not exploit the data breach to authorities within 72 hours as per the need of the regulations. The Dutch Data Authority says that around 57 million users globally and 174,000 Dutch citizens were affected by the data breach.
Steve Eckersley, the Information Commission’s Director of Investigations, said, “Uber had revealed a complete disrespect for the customers and drivers whose private information was pilfered after the extensive security breach”. He also said that during that situation, no steps were been taken to inform the users who got affected by the breach. Along with this, no help and assistance was offered and this got them vulnerable. “Uber is extremely satisfied to end this chapter on the data incident since 2016”, stated by a U.S.-based company in its statement. Since then, a number of technical expansions have been made to the security system.
“We learn from our mistakes,” the company said. The statement also mentions a number of changes to the senior.