According to claims that Drizly’s security lapses resulted in a data breach that exposed the personal information of roughly 2.5 million customers, the Federal Trade Commission is taking legal action against the company and its CEO James Cory Rellas.
The FTC claims that the Uber-owned booze delivery business and its CEO, James Cory Rellas, were made aware of security concerns as early as 2018. The digital alcohol retailer Drizly and its CEO James Cory Rellas are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over claims that the company’s security flaws caused a data breach that exposed the private data of around 2.5 million customers.
Drizly, an Uber subsidiary, runs an online marketplace where local shops can sell alcohol to customers who are of legal drinking age. The complaint alleges that Drizly gathered and stored users’ email addresses, passwords, geolocation data, and postal addresses on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service while negotiating deals.
According to the FTC, Drizly’s lax security procedures, such as not forcing employees to utilize two-factor authentication for GitHub, where it stored login information, allowed those occurrences to occur. The FTC further notes that Drizly has no senior executive in charge of its security practice and did not restrict employees’ access to consumers’ personal information.
According to Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, “our proposed order against Drizly not only limits what the firm can retain and collect going ahead but also ensures the CEO suffers penalties for the company’s negligence.”
In its lawsuits and rulings, the FTC has been naming firm officials more frequently. As CEO of Drizly, Rellas was accused by the FTC of failing to appoint a senior executive to manage the security procedures.
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