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The Uber Breach and the Need for an Independent Privacy Function

Uber has incurred significant legal and reputational exposure as a result of the way that the company handled the breach. In the coming months, there will be a great deal of information and regulatory and judicial action that will act as guidance, or more precisely, a checklist of what-not-to-do, for companies that suffer a data breach.

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The 2016 data breach involving 57 million Uber riders and drivers and the ensuing efforts to conceal the breach appears to have tapped into the public’s — and the government’s — frustration with a series of increasingly large data breaches experienced by some of our most visible companies and institutions.

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