With Valentine’s Day upon us, what better way to celebrate it than with the tale of a man who got caught cheating because of an Uber glitch? OK, that’s not very romantic but, instead, why not fall in love with the fact that the guy is now suing the ride-hailing company because said glitch tipped off his wife about his whereabouts and now they are divorced?
According to the BBC, the man used his wife’s phone to request an Uber driver, and despite logging off her device and logging in on his own the app continued to send notifications to both phones, revealing his travel history and arousing her suspicions.
“My client was the victim of a bug in an application,” his lawyer David-André Darmon told AFP news agency after the case was lodged at a court in Grasse. “The bug has caused him problems in his private life.” He’s suing for €45 million ($63 million) because, according to his team, it’s not his cheating that caused her to leave but the app that made her do it.
The BBC reports the glitch only affected iPhones before a software update in December (Androids weren’t affected).
It has been pointed out that if this happened to domestic violence victims, a lot worse than divorce could happen so if a judge considers this a breach in privacy, this dude actually has a chance. That being said, Uber could argue that the onus is on the user to update their phone since it’s not like the company avoided getting the glitch looked after. Either way, the guy is still a d-bag.
Takeaways from this? Keep your phone updated, don’t use your spouse’s phone to arrange for a pickup to see your side piece, and don’t cheat. That last one’s a given though.