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FRANCE FINES UBER RM1.9MIL OVER HUGE DATA BREACH

France’s data protection agency said Thursday that it had fined the US ride-hailing group Uber €400,000 (RM1.9mil) over a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal data of some 57 million clients and drivers worldwide.

Uber drew the wrath of users and regulators after the company waited a year before revealing in November 2017 that hackers had infiltrated its systems.

The French Data Protection Authority said the breach would have been prevented “if certain elementary security measures had been in place.”

Uber has already paid US$148mil (RM619mil) to US authorities to avoid a potentially embarrassing court case, and vowed to improve its security efforts.

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