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France hands Uber €400,000 fine over huge data breach

France's data protection agency said Thursday that it had fined the US ride-hailing group Uber 400,000 euros ($460,000) over a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal data of some 57 million clients and drivers worldwide.

France hands Uber €400,000 fine over huge data breach
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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 $148 million to US authorities to avoid a potentially embarrassing court case, and vowed to improve its security efforts.
   
Last month, the Netherlands imposed a 600,000-euro fine over the breach and Britain ordered Uber to pay 385,000 pounds ($490,000). 
   
The company, which is widely expected to launch a public stock offering next year, has been trying to burnish its reputation after a series of scandals over executive misconduct and its competitive practices.
 
Uber was informed about the breach by the hackers themselves, and the firm paid them $100,000 to keep quiet about their exploit and destroy the data.
   
The company said it has learnt lessons from its mistakes in the incident and has hired top-notch security experts.
 
“After the incident and in the following years we made several technical improvements to our security,” an Uber spokeswoman said Thursday.
 
“We have also made important changes to our management to insure transparency with regulatory authorities and clients,” she added.

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Uber launches ‘Jump’ electric bikes and scooters in Paris

US ride-hailing group Uber said Wednesday that it would start deploying electric bikes and scooters for rent on Paris streets as soon as this week, joining a crowded market which city officials have vowed to rein in.

Uber launches 'Jump' electric bikes and scooters in Paris
Uber is set to launch its fleet of electric bikes and scooters in Paris as soon as this week. Photo: AFP
Initially 500 of its Jump bikes and 500 scooters will be rolled out, before Uber extends the programme to Paris suburbs and other French cities.
   
They will be so-called “dockless” rentals that can be picked up and left anywhere, a system that has proved a headache for residents who often find them blocking pavements or strewn across the city's picturesque squares.
   
An estimated 15,000 scooters operated by several companies have flooded the French capital since their introduction last year, a number projected to surge 
to 40,000 by the end of this year.
 
This month Paris said it would start imposing fines of 135 euros ($150) for riding scooters on pavements, and 35 euros for improper parking.
 
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Like the other nine scooter operators in the city, Uber will also have to pay an annual licensing fee of 50 to 65 euros per scooter, depending on the size of its fleet.
   
And Uber said it had already signed the code of good conduct unveiled by Paris officials last week.
   
Rental prices for both the bikes and scooters will be the same: a one-euro unlocking fee and then 15 cents per minute.
   
The bikes will have a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph), while the scooters can reach 20 km/h.
   
Uber bought Jump, a fellow San Francisco-based start-up, last year. Its bright-red bikes are already present in several US cities as well as in Lisbon and Berlin.
 
Uber had already announced Tuesday its plans to develop scooter offerings across Europe, beginning with Madrid.
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