Nov 27, 2017

Congress pressures Uber over data breach

Uber is taking heat over its handling of rider and driver data. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

Senators are targeting Uber after the company said that 57 million accounts belonging to drivers and customers had been breached by hackers.

Why it matters: It's just the latest regulatory headache for Uber, which still has an IPO in its sights.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said in a letter to the company's CEO that "Uber's conduct raises serious questions about the company's compliance with relevant state and federal regulations." Warner has been a key critic of the tech industry of late, especially over allegations Russian operatives used online platforms to interfere with the 2016 election.

Sen. John Thune, the chamber's third-highest ranking Republican and the chair of the Commerce Committee, joined three others on a separate letter saying that it was a "a serious incident that merits further scrutiny" and that a payment to the hackers was especially "troubling." That letter also includes Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. Both letters request responses from the company.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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