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Uber Agrees to Pay Record $148M To Settle Data Breach Coverup

Uber will pay $148 million to settle an investigation into a massive 2016 data breach that the ride-hailing company allegedly covered up by paying off the hackers. The nationwide settlement, led by California, is the largest-ever multi-state data breach settlement. The settlement funds will be divided equally among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data breach exposed the names, email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information of 57 million Uber users, but the company did not disclose the hack until late 2017. Uber managed to keep the data breach out of public view until late 2017, ... Read More

Uber Ending Its Self-Driving Truck Operations

Uber says it is shutting down its self-driving truck research division for the foreseeable future. Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies group, said in an email to employees reviewed by Tech Crunch that Uber wants to build its forward momentum by focusing on its self-driving car technology. Once self-driving technology is more fully developed, Uber will apply it to commercial trucks. “Rather than having two groups working side by side, focused on different vehicle platforms, I want us instead collaborating as one team,” Mr. Meyhofer said in the email. “I know we’re all super proud of what the Trucks ... Read More

NTSB Crash Report: Uber Disengaged Self-Driving Car’s Emergency Braking

Uber’s self-driving car that ran over and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, in March could have avoided the deadly collision or at least mitigated it had Uber not disengaged the vehicle’s emergency braking system, a preliminary report indicates. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report of the deadly collision that Uber’s modified 2017 Volvo XC90’s radar systems observed the pedestrian six seconds before impact but “the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle with varying expectations of future travel path.” The self-driving Uber determined ... Read More

Waymo Autonomous Vehicle Crashes In Arizona

Autonomous vehicle manufacturer Waymo and Chandler, Arizona authorities are investigating a crash between a self-driving minivan and a Honda sedan Friday, April 4. The Chandler Police Department said that an autonomous Chrysler Pacifica belonging to Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo was hit by the Honda. According to auto blog Jalopnik, the Honda swerved to avoid striking a third vehicle but the evasive maneuver put it in the path of the Waymo van, which was driving at a low rate of speed. The two vehicles collided, injuring the driver of the autonomous van. According to the Chandler Police Department’s crash report, ... Read More

Is Autonomous Vehicle Bill In Jeopardy After Self-Driving Crashes?

For the manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, the recent Uber and Tesla crashes probably couldn’t have come at a worse time. Driven by ambitious financial goals, autonomous vehicle manufacturers are engaged in a race to get their self-driving vehicles on the road. Generally, the automakers have enjoyed healthy support among U.S. and state politicians and a new regulatory and legal framework to accommodate self-driving cars was making swift progress. But on March 18, an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as she was walking her bike across the street in Tempe, Arizona. Although the car had a human ... Read More

Uber Quickly Settles Self-Driving Car Death With Victim’s Family

The husband and daughter of a woman struck and killed by a self-driving Uber SUV in Arizona earlier this month have reached an undisclosed settlement with the company. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bike across the street in Tempe on the night of March 18 when a self-driving Uber car with a human backup “safety driver” behind the wheel hit her. She was the first person to be killed by a self-driving “autonomous” vehicle. Although Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said video footage of the deadly collision indicated it was “unavoidable,” critics have questioned why the Uber vehicle’s sensors failed to detect ... Read More

Uber Covered Up Massive Data Breach By Paying Off Hackers

A massive data breach exposed the personal information of some 57 million Uber customers and drivers more than a year ago, but those potentially affected never knew about the hack because Uber paid the hackers to keep it a secret. According to Bloomberg Technology, the data stolen by two individuals included the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of about 50 million Uber riders and seven million Uber drivers. The hackers also accessed 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. Federal law requires companies to report data breaches to regulatory authorities promptly, but Uber instead paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the ... Read More

Lyft class action settles for $12.25M; adds benefits for drivers

A recent class action settlement in California means that drivers for Lyft will be granted extra workplace protections. Despite not being classified as full employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Lyft drivers are now eligible for specific benefits without endangering the company’s business model. According to the Lyft settlement agreement, Lyft drivers involved with the class action are splitting the settlement’s sum of $12.25 million and receiving multiple benefits, including new rules regarding driver deactivation. Before the settlement, Lyft drivers could be removed from the company’s system without warning, such as for low passenger ratings. The new rules ... Read More

Uber agrees to $20K in fines due to poor consumer privacy practices; data breach

After running into some driver-related privacy issues in 2014, popular ride-hailing company Uber has come to an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to pay a penalty of $20,000 and revise its privacy practices. The fines serve as backlash for the alleged misuse of Uber’s “God-View,” which serves as an administrative tracking tool allowing employees to view every Uber car and passenger on the road aerially. The abuse came to light after one BuzzFeed reporter was tracked by an Uber executive using the God-View tool in 2014. An investigation into God-View and Uber’s privacy practices was launched ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: How open-source businesses like Uber are challenging employee classifications

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This Is The Third Installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series Despite laws enacted by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to help protect the livelihood of our nation’s workforce, there are still grey areas actively manipulated by employers to curve employee costs related to basic minimum wage and overtime pay. By intentionally classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees – even when the job duties seem to clearly entitle workers to employee status – employers can get around paying certain wages and benefits. This is known as “employee misclassification,” and it’s becoming an FLSA crisis in the U.S. The issue developed in recent years ... Read More