Kentucky to receive $663K in settlement with Uber

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Courtesy: Elliott Brown

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky is getting over a half a million dollars from a settlement with Uber Technologies Inc.

It’s part of an agreement between all 50 states and the District of Columbia and the California-based ride-sharing company over a 2016 nationwide data breach that exposed license information of 600,000 of its drivers.

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In Kentucky, more than 2,500 Uber drivers were affected by the breach, according to the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General.

While the leak of its drivers’ information triggered Kentucky law requiring the company to notify affected Kentucky residents who used the service, Uber failed to report the breach to its drivers in a timely manner, according the attorney general.

The attorney general says more than $663,452 from the settlement will be placed into the state’s General Fund for lawmakers to appropriate during the 2020 legislative budget session.

As part of the multi-million-dollar settlement, Uber has agreed to strengthen its corporate governance and data security practices to help prevent a similar occurrence in the future.