WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling for answers from Uber over a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users that was only recently disclosed. McCaskill previously raised concerns with Uber’s data security in 2014.
“Companies have a responsibility to their customers and employees in Missouri and throughout the country to protect their personal information. Not only did Uber fail to do so, it engaged in a cover-up to hide the breach from those affected,” McCaskill said. “Uber needs to come forward with full details on what happened and how they’re preventing problems like this in the future.”
McCaskill joined Senator Bill Nelson of Florida to raise concerns over the 2016 breach in which 57 million users’ personal information was compromised. The company hid the breach until last month. Uber suffered another breach in 2014 and hid it until it was made public in early 2015. McCaskill and Nelson had written to Uber two months before the 2014 breach was made public, seeking information about the company’s troubling data security practices. In their most recent letter to Uber, the Senators called for additional answers on the company’s data security.
“This  breach shows a pattern and practice of Uber not properly securing data or notifying those affected by such a breach….This breach, the long delay in reporting it, and an apparent attempt to cover it up by paying a ransom illustrate problems that we raised back in December 2014 when we sent a letter noting troubling problems with Uber’s data security and privacy policies.”
After the 2014 breach, the Federal Trade Commission investigated the company and put in place new requirements to protect customer privacy, and the Senators are requesting additional details on whether or not Uber is complying with its agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.
McCaskill has long worked to keep Missourians’ personal information safe and protect them from fraud and scams. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced McCaskill’s bipartisan legislation that would allow financial institutions to report suspected exploitive or fraudulent activity to authorities when they notice unusual activity in the accounts of their clients over the age of 65.
In light of the Equifax breach earlier this year, McCaskill has continued her push for her legislation to empower consumers by enhancing the accuracy of their credit reports and making it easier to dispute potential errors.
This past May, McCaskill alerted Missouri veterans of a scam targeting the Veterans Choice Program, in which fraudsters send letters to veterans containing nearly identical phone numbers to the Veterans Choice Program, and ask veterans for their credit card information when they call. McCaskill has also targeted IRS impersonators who have defrauded Missourians.