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French businessman sues Uber after app allows wife to track his trips, leading to divorce

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A French businessman has sued Uber after what is described as a flaw in the app allowed his wife to follow his comings and goings – and this led her to divorce him.

According to Figaro, the unnamed Côte d’Azur businessman is suing for 45 million euros (N2.5billion) after the app allegedly alerted his wife whenever he used an Uber.

He claims that he logged into his Uber account on her iPhone, then logged out – but the phone continued to give her alerts when he used the service.

He is now seeking redress in the courts.

The alerts allowed his wife to see information such as his taxi driver’s name, and whenever he used an Uber – and allowed her to read them without his knowledge, Figaro reports.

The French newspaper said that it was able to replicate the issue – and receive notifications about someone’s Uber account, even after they logged out.

It’s not clear how many people might be affected by this – the issue does not seem to affect Android users.

A spokesman for Uber said, ‘Uber does not publicly comment on individual cases, including the case of divorce proceedings between spouses.’