Application of collective action for the piracy of Uber

News 25 January, 2018
  • Michael Nguyen

    Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:07

    Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:07

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    A comedian montreal wants to bring a collective action of at least $ 10 million against Uber, accusing them of having deliberately hidden a huge hacking of user data for over a year.

    “Uber has chosen to pay the hackers the sum of $ 100,000; and [the company] has chosen to pay criminals in order that concealed the flight, focusing on their interests in relation to those [users and drivers] “, revolt of the lawyers representing Pierre-Olivier Fortier, in the application filed to the court.

    Photo Facebook Pierre-Olivier Fortier

    Pierre-Olivier Fortier

    Mr. Fortier, a user of Uber since 2013, is claiming $ 10 million in punitive damages to be divided among the members, as well as other amounts that are not determined, for all the stress and inconvenience he had suffered.

    Extensive hacking

    Is that in October 2016, the databases of the multinational have been hacked by two individuals, who would have had access to the names of users, their phone numbers, their e-mails and even credit card numbers.

    Uber, however, has not notified the users, until the case bursts at the great day over a year later, in November 2017.

    In Canada, 815 000 drivers and users could have been affected, said the company after the opening of an investigation by the Office of the protection of privacy.

    “Accomplice “

    For the lawyers of Mr. Fortier, Uber is fully responsible for this piracy, “not to have taken the security measures necessary and appropriate” to protect the information. The concealment of the piracy and pay the “ransom” is only making the situation worse, they say in the court document.

    “By [Uber] was complicit with the criminals,” one can read in the application, which also accuses the company of having paid for ” avoid bad publicity “.

    The spokesman for Uber, Jean-Christophe de le Rue, could not comment on this specific case, but he said that ” the protection of the privacy of our users and our partner-drivers is of paramount importance to Uber “.