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Uber pays $148 million following data breach

One of the primary responsibilities that companies in Newport Beach have is to protect their clients' transaction-related information. Businesses invest billions in cybersecurity to ensure that this happens. Yet even with all of the security technology available today, data breaches still happen. How a company handles such a breach may determine what sort of liability issues it may face. Claims over data losses often come from individual clients. Depending on the size of a security breach, however, action can come from state or federal authorities. 

Such was the case following a massive data breach involving the ride-sharing service Uber. In late 2016, hackers accessed the information of over 50 million Uber customers as well as that of 7 million of the company's drivers. The company ultimately paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers in exchange for their promise to delete the information. The decision was made, however, to not inform the public of the breach. It was only after the company's leadership changed over a year later that the news came to light. 

Legal action was almost immediately commenced by a number of state attorneys general, leading Uber to negotiate a $148 million settlement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As part of the settlement, the company promises to upgrade its security structure and comply with state laws that require disclosure of incidents where sensitive data is lost. 

Companies facing large-scale litigation such as that described above may require extensive legal services in order to effectively deal with such matters. Such assistance can be found in a firm dedicated to handling corporate law cases

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