Hus­band sues Uber taxis over af­fair ‘tip-off’

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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.

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