According to Reuters (10/19/15), the lawsuit was filed after Uber disclosed that up to 50,000 drivers’ names and license numbers were improperly accessed. The lawsuit alleged Uber’s poor security was to blame for the breach. The lawsuit was filed in March 2015 by driver Sasha Antman, who also claimed Uber waited too long to warn drivers about the data breach. Initially, Antman sought more than $5 million in damages.
In February 2015, Uber announced it learned in September 2014 that someone accessed a database storing the personal information of thousands of Uber drivers. Attorneys for the plaintiff may still file an amended lawsuit.
Data breach lawsuits have been a hot topic in recent years, as a number of high profile data breaches have occurred and lawsuits quickly followed. Sony Pictures will reportedly pay between $5.5 million and $8 million to settle a lawsuit filed by employees after a data breach. According to Billboard, Sony will reimburse class members for actions taken to prevent identity theft, provide identity protection services and pay for any unreimbursed losses linked to the theft.
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Plaintiffs further allege T-Mobile and Experian failed to protect consumers from the hack, which saw names, addresses and Social Security numbers of people who submitted credit applications with T-Mobile from September 1, 2013 on. The lawsuit also alleges violations of consumer protection laws. Federal lawsuits were reportedly filed in Illinois, Florida and California. The lawsuits each seek class-action status on behalf of all customers affected by the breach.