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Netherlands fines Uber over data protection

Dutch regulators said Uber failed to specify how long it retains its drivers' personal data
Dutch regulators said Uber failed to specify how long it retains its drivers' personal data - Copyright AFP/File Sergei GAPON
Dutch regulators said Uber failed to specify how long it retains its drivers' personal data - Copyright AFP/File Sergei GAPON

Dutch regulators said Wednesday they are imposing a 10 million euro ($10.8 million) fine on ride-hailing app Uber for lack of transparency in how it treats personal data of its drivers. 

The Dutch Data Protection Authority said it imposed the fine after a group of 170 French drivers complained to a French human rights organisation. 

The complaint was handled in the Netherlands because it is where Uber has it European headquarters.

“The DPA found that Uber had made it unnecessarily complicated for drivers to submit requests to view or receive copies of their personal data,” the authority said in a statement.

DPA said the process for drivers to request access to their data “was located deep within the app and spread across various menus.”

“In addition, they did not specify in their privacy terms and conditions how long Uber retains its drivers’ personal data or which specific security measures it takes when sending this information to entities in countries outside the European Economic Area,” it said. 

Uber has taken steps to improve the situation and has appealed the decision, the statement said.   

AFP
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