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Uber Interfered With Privacy of Australians

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has determined that Uber interfered with the privacy of an estimated 1.2 million Australians.

The Uber companies failed to appropriately protect the personal data of Australian customers and drivers, which was accessed in a cyber attack starting in October 2016.

Rather than disclosing the breach responsibly, Uber paid the attackers a reward through a bug bounty program for identifying a security vulnerability. Uber did not conduct a full assessment of the personal information that may have been accessed until almost a year after the data breach and did not publicly disclose the data breach until November 2017. 

See Press Release from OAIC

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