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Filipinos affected by Uber data breach, firm tells NPC

17 Décembre 2017

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered Uber Philippines to explain actions it has taken regarding the massive data breach past year that also exposed 171,000 Filipino drivers and passengers.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) announced Uber's findings in an email statement on Friday, December 15.

"Uber made public additional information earlier made available to us on their 2016 data breach".

"We were informed that around 171,000 Filipino citizens consisting of drivers and passengers were affected by the breach".

In line with this, Liboro said, Uber has been summoned them to appear before the Commission to further explain their data processing operations particularly the organizational, technical and physical security measures Uber Philippines is implementing to protect Filipino drivers and riders.

"We are paying particular attention to the steps taken to ensure that, in the future, data breaches of this magnitude will not be concealed from regulators and from affected data subjects".

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Liboro warned that concealment of data breaches that involve sensitive personal information or data is a criminal offense.

The NPC also said that they received "reports of irregular processing following the report of the breach" - claims that the NPC said they were still investigating.

The personal data of the riders and drivers that had been leaked included names, e-mail addresses, and mobile phone numbers. "As usual, we expect full cooperation from Uber on these matters", Liboro said.

Uber says an estimated 380,000 users in Singapore were impacted by the 2016 data breach that compromised 58 million accounts globally, but finds no incidents of fraud related to the attack.

In a letter to the NPC, Uber Philippines confirmed that personal information of Filipinos was exposed in the data breach that attacked Uber's "third party cloud-based storage accounts" in October past year. "We are changing the we way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers", Khosrowshahi said.

Filipinos affected by Uber data breach, firm tells NPC