Husband sues Uber taxis over affair ‘tip-off’
A businessman in south-east France is reported to be seeking up to €45 million in damages from ride-hailing company Uber following his wife’s discovery of taxi rides that he took to see his lover.
The man says that he used his wife’s iphone once to request an Uber driver, but although he logged off from the app, his wife continued to receive updates on her phone. Details of his travel history that this revealed aroused her suspicions about his affair. The couple have since divorced.
“My client was the victim of a bug in an application and has had problems in his personal life because of it,” his lawyer David-andré Darmon told Agence France Presse after the case was filed at a court in Grasse.
French daily Le Figaro said the software glitch – which affected iphones until an update in December – was not a one-off. The newspaper carried out its own trial of the app by logging in and out of Uber on one iphone and logging in on another and requesting a driver. It discovered that the app had sent notifications of the order to both phones.
Uber said the best possible protection of clients’ personal details was its priority.