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Uber to pay $148 million for failing to report 2016 hack

September 26, 2018 / DARA KERR

Uber has reached a settlement with all 50 US states and the District of Columbia over a 2016 data breach the ride-hailing service failed to disclose. The company will pay a $148 million fine that will be distributed in varying amounts across all states, attorneys general said Wednesday. Uber will also be required to adopt several new data security practices. "Uber's decision to cover up this breach was a blatant violation of the public's trust," Attorney General Becerra said in a statement. "The company failed to safeguard user data and notify authorities when it was exposed. Consistent with its corporate culture at the time, Uber swept the breach under the rug in deliberate disregard of the law."