Drivers all over the internet are posting that they’ve received someone else’s tax information and that these forms include sensitive identifying data, such as their social security number, earnings and home address.
.@Uber_OHIO my 1099 has the infor for someone else. The partner site is no help. What do I do?
— Jordstaps Cedzingis (@TartinVanBuren) January 25, 2016
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
This isn’t the first time, either.
Back in October, Uber exposed the licenses and tax documents of drivers through its Partner app. This breach included over 179 pages of identifying information on its drivers from all over the US.
Or, there’s that time Uber stored the encryption key to its driver database on a public GitHub page, exposing the IP address of everyone that’s ever visited the Uber webpage as well as personal data on 50,000 drivers.
Update: We spoke with Uber representatives about the problem and they informed us that it was caused by a bug on the development side of the Partner platform. Uber has since removed the offending tab that allows drivers to access the tax data.
The bug is also reportedly only exposed the data of one driver. According to Uber representatives, any contractor that received the wrong 1099 today saw the information of the same person, a female driver from Florida.