Uber Sued After Man Allegedly Used Its Service To Cheat On His Wife

Apparently, there was a time when if you logged in to Uber’s app once on an iPhone, the device would keep receiving notifications from the app even after you logged out. This caused a problem for a man whose wife filed for divorce after she learned from those notifications that he was having an affair… and allegedly using Uber’s ride-sharing services to go see his mistress.

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Uber notified wife of husband’s affair

According to French-language website Le Figaro, a French businessman is demanding €45 million from the company. The lawsuit states that he had logged onto Uber on his wife’s phone one time and then logged out. However, the app kept sending her notifications about his travel history. Those notifications caused her to become suspicious, and she filed for divorce. That divorce has since been granted.

The BBC reports that the man’s lawyer said he wishes to remain anonymous and wouldn’t comment on the report that he was seeking €45 million from Uber. The lawyer also said he was the victim of a “bug” in an al that “has caused him problems in his private life.”

Le Figaro reported that other users of the app also encountered the bug, which reportedly was patched via a software update in December. It only affected iPhones, while Android phones were apparently unaffected by the bug.

Uber also facing other lawsuits

Uber certainly hasn’t had it easy. The ride-sharing company agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trad Commission last month. The agency accused the company of making false promises about how much people can earn using their cars and about the financing costs associated with a car. The case dealt with statements the ride-sharing firm made between late 2013 and 2015 when it was trying to add more drivers to stay ahead of Lyft.

Uber has also been in trouble at various times in different locales. In December 2014, 45 taxi companies sued it, alleging unethical and unfair competition. There’s been much debate about whether the company is a taxi firm and should hold the same licenses and certifications as taxi companies. Pakistan banned both Uber and competitor Careem just last month, demanding that they take out certificates in order to keep operating there.

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