Uber said Friday that a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.
The ride-sharing service said it has notified the drivers and has not received reports of the information being misused. Uber said it will offer the affected drivers a one-year membership in Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert identity-theft-protection service.
The company said the breach affects drivers in multiple states, but involves only a “small percentage” of its current and former drivers.
Uber said it discovered a potential breach in September. It announced the events in a statement posted on its blog and described them as a one-time occurrence. The San Francisco company said it has changed the access protocols for its database to prevent similar breaches.
Uber is the latest company to report a data breach in recent months. Others include retailer Home Depot, health insurerAnthem and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
— Associated Press
The White House released draft legislation Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the Internet is used, stored and sold.
The 24-page “discussion draft” on data privacy immediately sparked sharp reaction from the technology industry, which said the proposal would hurt innovation, and from privacy advocacy groups that said it did not go far enough.
The data privacy bill would codify a voluntary “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” that the White House created in 2012.
“Even though responsible companies provide us with tools to control privacy settings and decide how our personal information is used, too many Americans still feel they have lost control over their data,” the White House said in a statement.
The bill would allow industries to develop codes of conduct, overseen by the Federal Trade Commission. The codes would provide “safe harbor” to companies abiding by them.
The FTC would have the authority to enforce the law and could seek fines of up to $25 million or injunctions for infractions. State attorneys general also could enforce the law in some cases.
The Center for Digital Democracy, a consumer privacy organization, called the bill “a serious setback for privacy” because it relies on industry-created codes.
● The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent, to 104.2 last month. The index is 8.4 percent above its level a year ago and is at the highest level since August 2013. The largest increase in signed contracts occurred in the South, where they rose 3.2 percent, followed by the West, where sales rose 2.2 percent. Contract signings inched up just 0.1 percent in the Northeast, where heavy snow may have dampened sales.
● Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem. It is the same problem that caused the recall of 189,000 SUVs last year, bringing the total to more than 656,000. The latest recall covers 2012 and 2013 Dodge Durangos and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees outside North America. The Jeeps have diesel engines.
● Negotiations to settle the largest U.S. refinery strike are set to resume Wednesday, the union and lead oil company negotiator said Friday, the 27th day of the work stoppage. Talks between Shell Oil and the United Steelworkers union broke off Feb. 20 after refinery owners balked at a settlement. The union then ordered a strike by workers at three Motiva Enterprises refineries, including the nation’s largest, all co-owned by Shell. A total of 6,550 workers are walking picket lines at 15 plants, including 12 refineries that account for one-fifth of U.S. domestic production capacity.
● The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates. The Commerce Department said the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October to December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month.
— From news services
● Monday: Personal income and spending for January, released at 8:30 a.m., and ISM manufacturing index for February, released at 10 a.m. Burger King Worldwide reports earnings.