Uber: 815,000 Canadians Affected by Data Breach; Names, Emails, Numbers Exposed
Over two weeks ago, it was revealed ridesharing company Uber paid $100,000 to a hacker to hide details of a massive data breach last fall, which affected 57 million users.
The company was silent on how many Canadians were affected, but Canada’s privacy commissioner launched an investigation into the matter.
Now, Uber has revealed how many Canadian users had data stolen in the 2016 breach, in a statement made late Monday, to the Canadian Press: 815,000.
Data compromised from these users include names, email addresses and mobile numbers from these Uber accounts; the company has not found if any other sensitive data such as credit card numbers, location history and more were stolen as well.
Uber Canada spokesperson Jean-Christophe de le Rue said the company is cooperating with the federal investigation regarding the breach, saying “The privacy of riders and drivers is of paramount importance at Uber and we will continue to work with the privacy commissioner on this matter.”
Uber currently faces a class-action lawsuit in Alberta over the data privacy breach, claiming the company failed to protect to inform users and regulators in the province about the hack.