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AG: Uber agrees to enhance user privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The state’s attorney general has announced a settlement with Uber requiring the car service app to protect riders’ personal information.

The agreement follows an investigation by the AG’s office amid reports that Uber executives had access to riders’ locations and displayed it in an aerial view, known internally as “God View.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the San Francisco-based company is now required to encrypt rider geo-location information and to adopt other data security practices.

The settlement also resolves a separate incident last year involving a data breach where Uber names and driver license numbers were accessed by an unauthorized third party.

Under the agreement announced Wednesday Uber is to pay a $20,000 penalty for failure to provide timely notice to drivers and the AG’s office regarding the data breach.