Transit Uber and state AG agree to rider data encryption deal An Uber car idles after dropping off a passenger in lower Manhattan on July 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated January 6, 2016 7:33 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Uber and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached an agreement Wednesday over investigations into the ride share company’s controversial data collection and analysis methods. The attorney general’s office looked into reports that began in 2014 about Uber employees had access to riders’ locations, through an aerial view. Schneiderman’s office was also investigating Uber for a 2014 breach of data that contained driver names and license numbers and wasn’t uncovered until nearly a year later. As part of its agreement with the state, the company pledged to limit geolocation information to “designated employees with a legitimate business purpose,” encrypt the data and adopt multi-factor authentication to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. Uber also agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty for failing to inform drivers about the data breach. “I strongly encourage all technology companies to regularly review and amend their own policies and procedures to better protect their customers’ and employees’ private information,” Schneiderman said in a statement. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.