CHICAGO (AP) — Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Wednesday between Uber Technologies Inc. and all 50 states and the District of Columbia.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warming Trend Continues, Rain Chances Persist
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.READ MORE: 3 Men Injured In River North Parking Garage Shooting, One Identified In Video As Rapper Lil Reese; Officer's Gun Also Accidentally Discharged
The states sued Uber, saying the company violated laws requiring it to promptly notify people affected by the breach.
Madigan says “Companies cannot hide when they break the law.”MORE NEWS: At Least 31 People Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago, 5 Killed
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