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Arizona Governor Stops Uber’s Self-driving Vehicle Trials

Arizona Governor Stops Uber’s Self-driving Vehicle Trials

Arizona governor Doug Ducey wrote to Uber last Monday ordering the ride-hailing company to suspend its self-driving driving tests in the state after seeing the video of a pedestrian getting killed by one of the company’s autonomous cars last week. Ducey said in his letter that the firm had failed to make safety the top priority in its tests. The video showed that the human driver was looking down when the pedestrian walking her bike across the road got hit. Velodyne, the company which designed the collision-avoidance sensors used by Uber said that it could not explain the accident since […]

Hackers in Canada, Florida Responsible for Breach: Uber

Hackers in Canada, Florida Responsible for Breach: Uber

In his recently submitted written testimony to a Senate Commerce Committee panel, Uber chief information security officer John Flynn confirmed that one of the individuals behind the breach was in Florida, while his partner was in Canada. Uber said that they had met with both and paid them $100,000 as a “bug bounty” reward after the stolen data had been destroyed. Flynn admitted that the company was at fault for not informing consumers and law enforcement immediately. However, some lawmakers still castigated the company, with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal calling Uber’s handling of the hack “morally wrong and legally reprehensible”. […]

1.1 Million Customers Possibly Affected by Nissan Canada Data Breach

1.1 Million Customers Possibly Affected by Nissan Canada Data Breach

Last Thursday, Nissan Canada’s finance business said that sensitive information of 1.13 million of its customers may have been compromised. Nissan said that details of Nissan Canada Finance (NCF) and INFINITI Financial Services Canada, such as the customer’s name, address, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN), credit score, loan amount and monthly payment may have been leaked. The authorities, as well as privacy regulators and data security experts have been involved in the investigate into the incident. The NCF added that customers outside of Canada may not have been affected. Source: Infosecurity Magazine

PERENNIAL TUG OF WAR: Regulating Transport Network Companies in the Philippines

In today’s data economy it is inevitable that even quotidian affairs, such as hailing a cab, may be the subject of realtime analytics: the passenger’s actual location, the cabbie’s current whereabouts, the parties’ distance from each other, the traffic condition en route to the pinned destination, transaction histories, among other data points. It is this same state of affairs that has given occasion to the widespread utilization of transport network companies or TNCs by the commuting public, and correlatively, the declining appeal of traditional taxis on the road. As with all things popular, it was just a matter of time […]

Uber Strikes Deal with Singapore’s Largest Taxi Operator

Uber Strikes Deal with Singapore’s Largest Taxi Operator

It was announced in a press release last Friday that Uber and ComfortDelGro will be embarking on joint venture which will give the ride-sharing giant access to around 15,000 taxis in Singapore. The $474 million deal, which is awaiting regulatory approval, should double Uber’s drivers in the city-state. ComfortDelGro Chairman Lim Jit Poh said that although his company had been operating in Singapore for almost five decades already, they are aware that the business of personalized mobility has become very different now, and working with Uber should bring a synergy that will be beneficial for both riders and drivers. The […]

Seven EU Privacy Watchdogs Unite for Uber Investigation

Seven EU Privacy Watchdogs Unite for Uber Investigation

According to the Article 29 Working Group last Wednesday, a number of data protection authorities will be working together on probing the data breach case of ride-hailing company Uber. The group, which will be led by Dutch authority Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, will be composed of watchdogs from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, British and Belgium, as decided upon in a meeting last Wednesday in Brussels. The investigations will remain at a national level, but France’s DPA said that the task force was formed to make the probes as consistent as possible. In response to the announcement, Uber said that it will fully […]

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

In a hearing at a San Francisco federal court last Wednesday, Uber in-house lawyer Angela Padilla recently testified that the company’s board and ex-CEO were aware that some of their employees had stolen trade secrets from Waymo, but the information was kept from a high-stakes case. The information came to light in a letter from an ex-Uber security analyst who alleged that the company had trained employees to pilfer competitor’s secrets and hide their activities using disappearing messages and a dedicated computer system. Padilla testified that she did not inform Uber’s counsels of the letter then since the allegations it […]

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Uber Admits to Informing Softbank of Breach Before Going Public

Last Thursday, Uber revealed that it had told Softbank of the breach prior to disclosing it with the public. The Japanese company is currently in talks with the ride-hailing firm in a deal that would amount to as much as $10 billion, effectively buying out existing shareholders. Uber said in its statement that it had a duty to inform Softbank, which was a potential investor, even though the information they had at the time was still incomplete. Uber added that they only went public after completing the forensic investigation which gave them a more complete understanding of the facts.    […]

EU Regulators May Create Task Force for Coordinated Uber Hack Investigation

EU Regulators May Create Task Force for Coordinated Uber Hack Investigation

According to the Article 29 Working Party, EU privacy regulators are set to discuss Uber’s data breach issue on Nov. 28 and 29, and are expected to form a task force to coordinate national investigations. The ride-hailing firm will be facing heavy regulatory scrutiny after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi admitted that the company paid a $100,000 ransom to hackers to keep the breach secret for around a year. Regulators have already expressed their concerns strongly on the breach. The British data regulator said that Uber’s coverup put into question the company’s data policies and ethics. Italian Data Protection Authority head Antonello […]

Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Uber for 2016 Breach

Two New Lawsuits Filed Against Uber for 2016 Breach

Within only 48 hours of Uber’s breach disclosure, two separate class-action lawsuits had already been filed against the company in the state of California. One of the cases which was filed in Los Angeles, Alejanro Flores v. Raiser, alleged that Raiser, Uber’s subsidiary, had been “grossly negligent” and “departed from all reasonable standards of care” Another lawsuit filed in San Francisco, Danyelle Townsend and Ken Tew v. Uber, stated that Uber should have had the necessary safeguards in place to protect the plaintiff’s personally identifiable information. Source: ARSTechnica