A US federal jury has found former Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan guilty of obstructing justice during the US Federal Trade Commission's investigation into the ride-hailing app's 2016 data breach. The ruling is the first US decision of executive liability involving a data breach. In a statement, Mr Sullivan's attorney David Angeli said, "Mr. Sullivan's sole focus — in this incident and throughout his distinguished career — has been ensuring the safety of people's personal data on the internet." As yet, no date has been set for sentencing. Additional commentary from Washington Post provides further background, while an article in Digit highlights the importance of transparency in dealing with cyber incidents.
An article from Mischon de Reya in 2020 examined this case and concluded, "Data Protection law in the UK is clear, and this would likely have been a notifiable data breach."
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