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Man sues Uber over iPhone app bug that revealed his affair

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An Uber user is suing the company for a glitch in a previous version of its iPhone app that sent duplicate notifications to his wife's phone, allegedly leading to the end of his marriage.

According to the BBC, the Frenchman had once logged into his Uber account from his (then) wife's iPhone, but despite logging out of the app his wife continued to receive push notifications about taxi rides he was taking, leading to the revelation of his affair and, ultimately, divorce.

According to French-language publication Le Figaro, the case is worth up to £37 million but Uber's spokesperson had nothing to add to the specifics of the case.

For anyone wondering if they've also been unknowingly revealing details of their journeys to friends or partners, the bug was only present for iPhone users and was fixed in mid-December with an over-the-air update.

It's an interesting case, for sure, and one that could see the repurcussions of a programming error prove incredibly costly if the ruling goes against Uber. It could also call into question liability for similar cases in the future. The French court is scheduled for a first hearing of the case in March.

While, in this case, it's a software bug, it's not the first time the company has come under fire for privacy reasons. At the beginning of December, it also rolled out an update that tracks a user's location at all time - not just when on a trip - unless they specifically opt out of the location sharing settings.

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Do you think Uber is at fault here? Let us know in the comments below!

toboev

February 12, 2017, 7:36 pm

I doubt very much his wife was objecting to the taxi rides.

yahtzard

February 12, 2017, 8:01 pm

When destroying your marriage through infidelity isn't enough...
You can always try international infamy by way of frivolous lawsuits.

I suppose personal responsibility died at around the same time as decency and morality. Everybody makes bad decisions sometimes... Respectable adults find ways to own those mistakes, atone, and move on.

toboev

February 12, 2017, 10:51 pm

Yeah, it's Uber's fault his wife divorced him. Just like kids in the playground, nothing is ever their fault! Sounds like she is well rid of him, a cheating husband with the maturity of a school kid.

Rassalas

February 13, 2017, 1:55 am

I hope this case goes through, it might give AI vehicle fanboys something to think about.

TheWindowsArchitect

February 13, 2017, 7:19 pm

Only one at blame is the dude cheating.. Welcome to responsibility for your actions..

Bugblatter

February 13, 2017, 10:56 pm

Uber's at fault for failing to protect the privacy of its users.

It's not at fault for his divorce, he is.

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