Uber has been sued by the Los Angeles City Attorney, saying that the company broke California law when it failed to disclose a data breach that exposed the license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers.
The citizen named Mike Feuer filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of California residents, Los Angeles Times reported late on Monday.
“We’re taking action because we believe very strongly in the importance of protecting consumers,” Feuer said during a news conference.
“The case will focus on Uber’s failure to disclose the data breach to Uber’s California drivers,” he was quoted as saying.
The lawsuit seeks $2,500 for each violation of the law.
“The company is committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to regain the trust of consumers,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
Last month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also revealed in a blog-post that the company in late 2016 became aware that two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party Cloud-based service that it uses.
Uber has concealed the information about the breach and paid the hackers a hefty $100,000 ransom to delete the data they had illegally obtained.
The breach revealed the names and license numbers of nearly 600,000 drivers in the US and some personal information of 57 million Uber users around the world.
Regulators of at least five states in the US have said they will question the company for staying silent after the hack.
“At least five states including Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and Connecticut stated that they would investigate the matter,” ReCode reported.
The issue arises at a time when the ride-hailing company is already battling a slew of other civil and criminal probes.