In yet another legal battle for Uber, the city of Chicago has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the ride sharing company. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the people of Illinois, and it was announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. The lawsuit was filed because of a major failure of the ride hailing company to disclose a huge data breach that an impact on 57 million drivers and users.
The complaint includes several claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Chicago Municipal Code citing the company’s failure to protect data while trying to hide the breach.
“Not only did Uber allow a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of drivers and passengers, they brazenly attempted to conceal this information from the public. The City of Chicago will not tolerate these kinds of irresponsible practices, which is why we are taking legal action to hold Uber accountable for their reckless actions,” stated the Chicago mayor in an issued statement.
Corporate Counsel of Chicago Ed Siskel and Foxx filed the complaint in the Chancery Division of Cook County’s Circuit Court.
Speaking of the lawsuit, Foxx said, “We filed this lawsuit because Uber must be held accountable for its actions which have made its customers vulnerable to identity theft, fraud, and other abuse.” He further added, “Consumers expect and deserve protection from disclosure of their personal information. I am committed to ensuring that those who don’t follow these laws cannot simply sweep it under the rug.”
Uber had experienced a minor data breach in 2014, when an Uber database was posted to software development platform GitHub, which was later hacked. After this breach, Uber had assured to take care of this breach, but again failed to do so. In 2016, there was another major data breach, but this was not disclosed by the ride sharing company. In this breach, hackers were able to get access to a large number of personal information of both consumers and Uber drivers.