Uber to face lawsuit over driver data breach

Latest in a series of legal woes for taxi app service seeks over $5m in damages

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Uber to face lawsuit over driver data breach Last month, Uber said it had discovered in September that an unknown person had gained access to a database containing the names and driver's license numbers of thousands of drivers. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 15, 2015

Uber Technologies Inc is to be sued in a class action lawsuit over a recently disclosed data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 drivers, Reuters reported.

The suit, which has been filed by Sasha Antman, an Uber driver in Portland, Oregon and seeks more than $5m in damages, says the company did not do enough to prevent the 2014 breach and waited too long -about five months - to disclose it.

Last month, Uber said it had discovered in September that an unknown person had gained access to a database containing the names and driver's license numbers of thousands of drivers.

Antman says Uber violated a California law requiring companies to safeguard employee's personal information and then suit states that Antman and other drivers "now face years of constant surveillance of their financial and personal records...and loss of rights."

When the company announced the breach, it said there had been no reports of drivers' information being misused.

Uber is also facing claims by drivers who say they were illegally classified as independent contractors. A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday rejected the company's bid to dismiss one of the suits, saying it should be decided by a jury. A ruling against Uber could force it to pay Social Security and workers' compensation and reimburse drivers for gas and auto insurance, dramatically altering its business model.

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