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A French man is suing Uber for $45 million because he claims a privacy bug led his wife to divorce him

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In what could’ve been a thrilling episode of To Catch a Cheater, a French businessman has filed a whopping $45 million lawsuit against Uber after a bug in the ride-sharing app allegedly allowed his wife to keep tabs on his trips, ultimately leading her to suspect he was being unfaithful.

According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the man claimed the glitch caused the app to send notifications as well as other transportation details to his wife’s handset.

While it remains unclear what caused the malfunction, the man purportedly used his wife’s device to log in to Uber, but the phone kept receiving notifications of his journeys long after he eventually logged out.

The Côte d’Azur resident now seeks $45 million in damages from Uber, claiming the privacy flaw cost him his marriage. The case is slated for an initial hearing later this month.

A spokesperson for Uber has since declined to comment on the issue, telling Le Figaro that, “Uber doesn’t publicly comment on individual cases, and especially those which concern things such as a divorce procedure.”

Fellow French outlet The Local remarks Android users should be safe as the vulnerability appears to be limited solely to “iOS versions of the app updated” after December 16.

This isn’t the first time the popular transportation app has dealt with spying-related mishaps. Back in December, the company got in trouble after employees were reportedly abusing their power to keep tabs on high-profile celebrities and politicians, as well as former boyfriends and girlfriends.


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