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Pennsylvania Attorney General sues ride-sharing company for 2016 data breach

State Issues Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security Data Breach State Attorney General Courts

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On March 5, Pennsylvania Attorney General filed a lawsuit against a ride-sharing company for violating Pennsylvania’s Breach of Personal Information Notification Act (BPINA) because of its failure to disclose a 2016 data breach caused by hackers. The complaint alleges that after the company became aware of the breach, it “paid the hackers at least $100,000 to delete the acquired consumer data and keep quiet.”  According to the complaint, the breached data included the private information of at least 13,500 Pennsylvania drivers. The Attorney General asserts that, under the BPINA, the company must provide notice to the affected residents without unreasonable delay. Instead, the company waited until November 2017 to disclose the incident. Among other things, the complaint seeks civil penalties in the amount of $1,000 or $3,000, depending on the consumer’s age, for each individual BPINA violation.

The Pennsylvania lawsuit follows similar lawsuits by the City of Chicago and Washington State, previously covered by InfoBytes here.

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