Ride-sharing business service provider Uber Technologies Inc has added to its already massive legal woes a proposed class action lawsuit over a recently uncovered data breach surrounding the personal information of around 50,000 drivers.
The mobile smartphone ride hailing service provider has added the new lawsuit to its latest series of legal challenges the company has met after starting its aggressive expansion in the US and overseas. Sasha Antman, an Uber driver in Portland, Oregon who claims the company failed to take the appropriate measures to prevent a breach that occurred last year and then waited almost five months before disclosing it, filed the latest suit last week in federal court in San Francisco. He says the lawsuit was opened because Uber violated a California law compelling companies to safeguard employee’s personal information. In February the technology company announced the discovery of a database breach by an unknown individual that gained access to names and driver’s license numbers of thousands of drivers.
The proposed class action lawsuit has asked for compensation of more than $5 million as Antman and the rest of the drivers “now face years of constant surveillance of their financial and personal records…and loss of rights.” According to the company, so far there have been no reports of the breached information misusage. Uber, currently one of the most valuable technology startups in the world, has expanded rapidly across the US and in other countries but has met mounting legal hurdles from drivers, passengers, governments and competing services – taxi and limousine operators.