Uber launches Movement in India to support data-driven urban planning

Apr 13, 2018, 02:34
Uber launches Movement in India to support data-driven urban planning

In other Uber news, the FTC says the company agrees to expand its proposed settlement over Uber hiding the data breach from customers.

Last year, Uber settled with the FTC over allegations that it hadn't protected it's customers' data in 2014, and actually misrepresented how secure that data was. "Uber paved the way for a new paradigm in urban mobility, and we're tremendously excited to power seamless connectivity between Uber's options and public transit, reducing the number of cars on the road and enabling more on-demand transportation".

The FTC said the expanded settlement seeks to ensure Uber "does not engage in similar misconduct again".

"After misleading consumers about its privacy and security practices, Uber compounded its misconduct by failing to inform the Commission that it suffered another data breach in 2016 while the Commission was investigating the company's strikingly similar 2014 breach", said Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

But Uber failed to disclose that data on 57 million users and drivers around the world had been exposed in a separate incident in 2016.

Uber revealed that in 2016 it has paid a "researcher" $100,000 to destroy the information and fed the payment through its bug bounty program. Uber will further be required to retain records related to bug-bounty reports regarding vulnerabilities that involve potential or actual unauthorized access to consumer data.

Like the previous settlement, which was reached in August, the revised agreement does not include a monetary fine for the breach that compromised information for 57 million people. "With cars available instantly for rent in the Uber app, fewer people will need to store them in garages for those sporadic grocery store runs, daytime adventures, or weekend getaways", she said.

My first week at Uber was the week we disclosed the 2016 breach. But just in case you had any doubt in your mind, here's the man himself, Khosrowshahi, again on Wednesday: "We have to work together to make sure that living in a city. doesn't require you to own a auto".

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