Illinois Uber drivers whose information was accessed by hackers in a 2016 data breach are set to receive $100 each as part of a multistate settlement with the ride-share giant.
More than 34,000 Illinois residents who drive for Uber were likely affected by the breach, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. The $148 million nationwide settlement addressed Uber Technologies’ one-year delay in reporting a data breach that affected roughly 600,000 drivers. Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had gained access to drivers’ license data and other information it keeps on its drivers.
In Illinois, a breach of that size requires the company to notify affected residents in a timely manner, but Uber waited over a year to report it, according Madigan’s office.
Illinois will receive almost $8.5 million as its part of the settlement. An administrator will be appointed to provide the notice and payment to the drivers, even if they no longer work with Uber. Madigan’s office will release more information on that process at a later date.
As part of the settlement, Uber also agreed to strengthen its data security, in part by using stronger password policies for employees and better protecting user data stored on third-party platforms.
The commitments are in line with the company’s focus on digital and physical safety for its customers, Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West said in a statement.