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  • British customers and Uber drivers are considering suing Uber over a major data breach in 2016 which affected 57 million users globally, including 2.7 million in the UK.
  • UK law firm Leigh Day told Business Insider that more than 10 customers had been in touch with legal queries, but said it hadn’t launched formal claims.
  • Leigh Day said it had written to Uber asking for more details about the hacking incident.
  • The news comes after a British government minister suggested Uber had acted illegally.

More than 10 British Uber users and a separate group of Uber drivers have consulted law firm Leigh Day about possible lawsuits against the ride-hailing firm over the massive data breach which affected 57 million users globally.

Speaking to Business Insider hours before Uber revealed the breach had affected around 2.7 million UK users, Leigh Day partner Sean Humber said the firm had written letters to Uber on behalf of clients as a preliminary step.

The letters consisted of 26 questions probing whether Uber has evidence that customer data was accessed inappropriately; whether it paid ransoms to hackers and how much; and details of any other hacks.

Humber said the process was at an early stage, and that Leigh Day hadn’t launched any formal claims.

“We are at the early stages here,” he said. “We’re just trying to find out more information in relation to the breach itself. We have clients who are customers, but also drivers, all in the UK.”

Humber wouldn’t disclose who the customers were, but said more than 10 had been in touch.

GMB, a workers’ union that also represents some Uber drivers, separately announced it had asked Leigh Day to probe the hack on behalf of its members.

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