French man sues Uber after bug revealed his whereabouts back to his wife

An Uber driver and passenger in happier times.

A man from Côte d'Azur, France has sued ride-hailing company Uber after a bug in its app reportedly exposed his location to his wife, which ultimately caused her to divorce him.

According to a report by Le Figaro, the man shares that he borrowed his then-partner's iPhone, and logged into the Uber app. Soon after, even after he allegedly logged off and handed it back, he claims that the app continued sending notifications of his whereabouts to his wife.

"Its details (the name of the driver, his license plate or even the arrival time) could be read without his knowledge by his wife, as in an open book," Le Figaro's report roughly translates. Without being too specific, the discoveries of his wife were enough to divorce him.

With this in consideration, the man is now suing Uber for 45 million Euros (equal to almost $48 million). A primary hearing is scheduled in the following month.

Uber France has given the following comments regarding the lawsuit: "Uber doesn't comment publicly on individual cases, and especially on cases that involve a divorcing couple."

Le Figaro claims that they have been able to replicate the alleged bug, stating that a second iPhone was sent notifications without a password. However, this bug reportedly does not give out a specific location of someone. Others have also complained about the same problem on Twitter:

The publication further found out that iOS versions of the app that were updated back in December 15 were affected by the bug. The Android app counterpart supposedly does not produce the same results.

Source: Le Figaro via CNet

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