Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for unmasking affair

Taxi drivers demonstrate against Uber in Paris southern France                  Reuters  Jean-Paul Pelissier

Taxi drivers demonstrate against Uber in Paris southern France Reuters Jean-Paul Pelissier

A French businessman is suing the ride-sharing app Uber, claiming that a privacy bug in the service's app cause his divorce. The (presumably former) Uber user is reportedly seeking damages of up to €45 million, or more than $47 million, over a perceived glitch he believes was responsible for cluing his now ex-wife into his comings and goings. The problem started when the glitch made his future Uber transactions traceable, making his wife suspect infidelity.

In a statement, Uber said it would not comment on the case.

Although other details about the case are sparse, the first hearing of the case is scheduled in March, according to French publication La Figaro, who first reported the story.

When contacted by Le Figaro, Uber spokesperson declined to comment saying "Uber doesn't publicly comment on individual cases, and especially those which concern things such as a divorce procedure".

IBTimesUK has also contacted Uber for a comment, but they have not immediately responded. Several Twitter posts indicate of a bug that keeps sending notifications to any phone used even if the main account was already logged out.

The glitch is limited to iOS versions of the app updated after December 16, 2016.

It's a classic tale of betrayal with a modern twist: a torrid affair leads to a broken marriage. after it was all uncovered by some unexplained app notifications.

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