Uber is being sued for €45m for exposing a man’s affair

The taxi industry has all plenty of reasons as to why you should avoid using Ubers and book a regular taxi, but “you might end up divorced” isn’t one of them. Still, that’s exactly what happened to a businessman in southern France whose affair was revealed to his wife via a bug in the iOS version of the ride-hailing app. He’s now reportedly suing the company for €45 million. What a roller coaster.

Here’s what happened. Before a software update fixed the bug in December, logging out of the app on iOS would see your journey notifications still being pinged to the phone. This is where the anonymous claimant fell foul. After ordering an Uber on his wife’s iPhone, he logged out, but every subsequent journey he made – including the ones to his lover – were neatly catalogued on his wife’s phone.uber_divorce_case

The couple is now divorced, and the man blames Uber for his marriage falling apart – although at the very least you’d consider the whole affair thing an assist. In any case, Le Figaro claims that he’s looking for €45 million, which is around £38 million.

“My client was the victim of a bug in an application,” his lawyer David-André Darmon told AFP news agency. “The bug has caused him problems in his private life.” Uber would not comment on the case.

Technology is increasingly being cited in divorce claims around the world. In the UK, around a third of all divorces cite Facebook either as the reason or as supporting evidence. The game Football Manager has been cited in 35.

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