WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson
– Editor’s note:
One of former Mayor Harding’s last official acts before his July 22, 2016 resignation was to officially launch Uber in Yelm July 15, 2016.
– From the Washington State Office of Attorney General
AG Ferguson files multi-million dollar lawsuit against Uber for failing to report massive data breach
Notice comes more than a year after discovery of the breach
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today [Nov. 28] filed a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against ride sharing company Uber, alleging thousands of violations of the state’s data breach notification law. Uber discovered a data breach potentially affecting 57 million passengers and drivers around the world, including the names and driver’s license numbers of at least 10,888 Uber drivers in Washington.
Under a 2015 amendment to the state’s data breach law requested by Ferguson, consumers must be notified within 45 days of a breach, and the Attorney General’s Office also must be notified within 45 days if the breach affects 500 or more Washingtonians. This is the first lawsuit filed under the revised statute.
“Washington law is clear: When a data breach puts people at risk, businesses must inform them,” Ferguson said. “Uber’s conduct has been truly stunning. There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers.”
The complaint, filed today in King County Superior Court, alleges thousands of violations of Washington’s data breach law by failing to notify affected drivers and the Attorney General’s Office within 45 days of the breach.