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Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Late on Tuesday, we were notified by the media of a potentially significant data breach of Uber driver and customer data. Uber had failed to tell the UK authorities before it spoke to the media about this. The breach appears to date back over a year and to involve Uber paying criminals money to try to prevent further data loss. We are told that some UK citizens’ data is affected. We are...

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Licensing taxi companies and private hire companies is rightly for local authorities. This is a data protection issue, and we are dealing with it with the utmost urgency. The hon. Gentleman mentioned fines, and we are currently legislating for the higher fines that I mentioned in my initial response, and that legislation will come to this House after Christmas. As for ensuring that...

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: We can debate that when the Bill comes to this House. As it happens, on our initial assessment, the two most concerning issues—the delay in notification and the need for recourse and fines, not just to punish bad behaviour but to incentivise good behaviour—are already covered in the Bill, but we can have that debate in due course, when we have a fuller assessment of the...

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I will try to address all the hon. Gentleman’s questions. We do not have sufficient confidence in the number that Uber has told us to go public on it, but we are working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the ICO to have more confidence in the figure. He will remember in the Equifax breach that the initial figure suggested went up. We want to get to the bottom of it and will...

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Not only will we, of course, use the full force of the existing law, but we are strengthening the law to give people more power and control over their data.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course I will. We rule nothing out.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I give the assurance that, at this stage, our initial assessment is that, for Uber customers, the stolen information is not the sort that would allow direct financial crime. People just need to make sure that they do not respond to phishing emails and that they follow NSCS guidance.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: This is an important subject. The Information Commissioner, of course, is the regulator, and we think that there is a broader question to ensure that the modern use of data is both innovative and follows a decent set of ethics, which is what the proposed centre is all about.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Yes. As I said, we have already had discussions with the US Federal Trade Commission and with the Dutch authorities—Uber’s European headquarters is in Holland, so they are pertinent to the matter.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The new data protection rules will come into force on 25 May 2018, and it is important that we get the Bill through before then. The premise of the hon. Lady’s question is not quite right. It is already an aggravating factor if a breach is not reported promptly.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The single best thing anybody in this House can do to try to improve our ability to respond to this sort of issue is to vote for the Data Protection Bill when it comes before this House.

Uber: Personal Data Theft (23 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: There is a lot of sense in what the hon. Gentleman says, and I hope that the action we are taking is everything we can do to keep people’s data safe in response to this incident. More broadly, strengthening the rules will help give people more control over their data and help to punish those who do not have high data protection standards.

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: This has been a robust debate and I want to answer the points that were made very clearly. The debate was initiated by my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont), and I am delighted that he and the other new Scottish Conservative MPs have done so much over the last few months to put Scottish broadband right under the spotlight. It deserves that attention,...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The Scottish Government got more than their fair share because they had a higher proportion needing supported rather than commercial access. Until now, the Scottish Government have been happy to take the credit when things have gone right, but pass the buck when things have gone wrong—we saw more attempts at that this morning—so I am going to set out what has been going on. In...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman should have been talking to Digital Scotland, because we gave the money to Digital Scotland to deliver, and for three years it has sat on that money and done nothing with it. What we need from the Scottish Government is not noise, but action for the thousands of people who have seen nothing but buffering while the Scottish Government have sat on their hands and sat on the money.

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: In future, BDUK and the UK Government will be delivering our full-fibre, next generation technology directly to local authorities in Scotland, instead of through the Scottish Government, because we have been so disappointed with the failure of the Scottish Government to deliver on money that has already been allocated.

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I wholeheartedly support that and I look forward to working with local authorities right across Scotland, of whatever political persuasion, as we have with local authorities across England whatever their political persuasion, and as we have successfully with the Labour Welsh Government, who have delivered better for Wales than the Scottish Government have delivered for the people of Scotland....

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. This has been a generally cheerful and thoughtful debate. I would first like to thank the tens of thousands of people who engaged with the petition process and ensured we are debating this issue today. Whether hon. Members agree with them or not, we would not be having this debate if it was not for people signing the...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: My goodness! There are more people from Chester than women in this debate. What is it about the wonderful, great city of Chester that leads to so many people with an interest in one of our greatest national institutions? Chester, the city of my birth, is a great place. I was shocked to hear the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) describe himself as a leftie—he has...

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: I was just coming on to that. As the BBC’s new regulator, Ofcom will require the BBC to allocate its TV network spend and programme hours based on population, and in Scotland that will mean at least 8% a year. Because the Government represent and govern the whole UK, we are dealing with that point, but the way to do so is to help the BBC ensure that it reflects the whole nation, rather...


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