Uber Data Breach

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CBJ — Uber Technologies can’t confirm how many Canadians may be affected by an October 2016 security breach that the riding-hailing firm initially tried to cover up.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has not initiated a formal investigation but it is making inquiries with other international privacy bodies.

Authorities in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and the Philippines have already made it known they will investigate Uber’s handling of the breach.

In a statement posted on the company’s website Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that two individuals from outside the business had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service.  Uber admits it paid hackers about $100,000 to destroy the data on the customers and drivers. The company then failed to reveal the breach to victims or the authorities.

As many as 57 million people may have had some of their private information compromised.