Research Triangle NC: Nearly 16,000 NC Uber drivers can get a piece of the $148M settlement
Nearly a year after California ride-share firm Uber notified the state of a data breach, the firm has agreed to a settlement that means nearly $3.7 million for the state of North Carolina. It’s part of a $148 million settlement involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the settlement terms, each Uber driver whose license numbers were accessed during the 2016 breach are eligible to receive $100. That’s a total of 15,598 drivers in North Carolina, state records show.
The settlement resolves a dispute over Uber’s delay in reporting the data breach to authorities. While Uber learned of the situation Nov. 14, 2016, the company did not disclose it to state regulators until Nov. 22, 2017 – more than a year later.
N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein stated that prompt notification “allows people to take necessary precautions to protect their information.” In failing to notify the state, “Uber put its drivers at risk.”