The one name you’ll always find surrounded by controversies – Uber.
The world’s largest cab service accidentally leaked personal data of more than 600 drivers earlier today when it released it’s all new Partner App. The partner app makes it easy for Uber’s enormous fleet of drivers to manage their relationship with the company or in Uber’s words, “is designed to give drivers more information so Uber works better for them.”
A bug in the app gave the drivers access to an untold number of personal documents of other drivers including registration papers, social security numbers and what not. The news broke out on Reddit late Tuesday evening and according to the reports, at least 179 pages of documents (high res photos) for drivers from Washington to Virginia were available to view and download.
Uber immediately got into action and fixed the bug. Uber spokesperson said that the problem affected no more than 674 drivers in the United States.
We were notified about a bug impacting a fraction of our US drivers earlier this afternoon. Within 30 minutes our security team had fixed the issue.
The data breach at Uber is not new. Early this year, rumors surfaced that Uber’s servers were breached and personal information of several drivers were leaked. The company later acknowledged the data breach and has been working on improving its security measures ever since.