DOJ official addresses liability concerns stemming from Uber CSO case

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A Department of Justice (DOJ) official called the conviction of a former Uber Technologies chief security officer (CSO) on obstruction charges an “outlier” that should not discourage compliance officers from self-reporting violations.

In remarks made Dec. 6 at an American Bankers Association conference, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Marshall Miller said the agency’s pursuit of obstruction and concealment charges against former Uber CSO Joseph Sullivan “stemmed from an extreme set of actions that represent an acute outlier from regular compliance practice.”

Some in the compliance and cybersecurity community expressed concern following the October verdict that it could set a new standard for individual liability regarding company data breaches. Miller acknowledged this during his remarks.

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