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30 November 2017, 01:41 | Melanie Burgess
In total around 2.7million were affected by the hack in the UK
The Information Commissioner's Office, the United Kingdom data regulator, also said it would "expect" Uber to alert those affected in the United Kingdom as soon as possible.
Uber failed to disclose the massive breach at the time, the company's new chief executive officer said last week.
Chicago Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel, who filed the complaint in conjunction with Foxx, said that companies should not be permitted to violate the law by "failing to safeguard personal information and then covering it up, preventing those impacted from taking steps to protect themselves", the station reported.
"This is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives", Uber said in a statement. Now, after some further digging, it seems that 2.7 million of those affected were Uber customers from the UK.
Several states, including Missouri, Massachusetts and NY, have opened investigations, and the city of Chicago sued Uber on Tuesday for failing to notify affected residents. "There is no excuse for keeping this information from consumers".
"We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection", the company said.
Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement: "The government expects Uber to respond fully to the incident with the urgency it demands and to provide the appropriate support to its customers and drivers in the UK".
The lawsuit names an Alberta woman affected by the breach as the plaintiff and seeks to have the class action certified to apply to a broader group of individuals.
Uber has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary, and faced regulatory battles in multiple US states and around the world.
"Defendant's conduct is made more egregious by the fact that Uber paid the hackers to delete the personal information and keep quiet about the breach", Ferguson wrote in the lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court.
That revelation prompted a delay in a high-profile trial over whether Uber stole self-driving vehicle technology from Waymo, a Google spinoff.
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