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CT receiving $4.5M from multistate settlement on Uber data breach

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced the state will receive $4.5 million from Uber Technologies’ $148 million multistate settlement that resolves charges involving the ride-sharing company’s one-year delay in reporting a 2016 data breach impacting its drivers.

Jepsen said the state will deposit $400,000 from its share of the settlement into the attorney general’s consumer protection fund to support the office’s consumer protection work, with $250,000 being allocated to the state Department of Consumer Protection’s consumer protection enforcement fund. The state will distribute $100 payments to eligible Connecticut Uber drivers whose driver’s license numbers were accessed during the data breach – Jepsen added that 3,549 local drivers were potentially affected – and the remainder of the settlement money will be deposited into the state’s general fund.

“Companies in possession of personal information have a responsibility under Connecticut law to keep that information safe,” said Jepsen. “When that data is exposed, they have a responsibility to report it within a time period prescribed by law, which Uber clearly and plainly did not do. I believe this settlement is an equitable resolution of the states’ claims against Uber, and I’m pleased to announce that Connecticut will be using a portion of its settlement funds to compensate affected Uber drivers who were not properly notified of the potential exposure of their personal information.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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