(Bloomberg) --The U.K. regulator in charge of data privacy is looking into the major hack of Uber Technologies Inc.’s user data, and is working with the National Cyber Security Centre to asses the scale of the breech.
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber, a breach that the company concealed for more than a year.
“Uber’s announcement about a concealed data breach last October raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics,” said James Dipple-Johnson, the Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Officer in an emailed statement.
Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday.
The ICO is now working with the NCSC and other U.K. authorities regarding the hack. “Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies,” said Dipple-Johnson.
A spokesman from Uber said the company is in process of notifying various regulatory and government authorities.