Man sues Uber, blames app for wife's discovery of his cheating

The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife's phone. The lawsuit will come up for hearing next month.

A French man is suing ride-sharing service Uber, alleging a glitch in the app outed him for infidelity and led to his divorce.

The lawyer did not comment on a report in Le Figaro newspaper that the lawsuit was worth up to €45m, saying only that his client wished to remain discreet and anonymous. She was able to see details about his orders, including driver name, license plate, and arrival time. The notifications did not, however, provide real-time geolocations o exact travel destination, only the login screen was shown, described Le Figaro.

It has been found that the Uber app bug, seem to be limited to the iOS versions of the updated app, after December 16, 2116. Other iPhone users had also encountered the same software bug, while the flaw would not concern those with Android phones.

Numerous Uber users have complained about the existence of a bug over Twitter. For example, a "working late at the office" excuse doesn't really work in your favor if you keep taking Uber rides all evening long, and someone can prove it. Apparently, it was the result of a failure with "tokens", identifiers used by applications to send notifications to a specific device.

The couple have since divorced.

"Uber does not publicly comment on individual cases, including the case of divorce proceedings between spouses", the spokesman said. In the Uber case, judges have not yet disregarded the computer flaw.

  • Arturo Norris