A Frenchman is suing Uber for up to $48 million because he believes a glitch in Uber’s app caused his wife to catch him cheating, and eventually lead to their divorce. Per BBC:
The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife’s phone.
Despite logging off, the application continued to send notifications to her iPhone afterwards, revealing his travel history and arousing her suspicions.
The couple have since divorced. The lawsuit is reportedly worth up to €45m ($48m; £38m).
“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.
Obviously this guy is trying to cash in on something that’s entirely his own fault (if you don’t want to get caught cheating, don’t cheat). At the same time, as much as I hate to even think about it, perhaps there is some merit to his case (not logically, but legally)? Presumably he’s viewing this as a privacy breach, and if the app indeed wasn’t working the way it was supposed to, and if this is what lead his wife to find out, I can see how there maybe might be just a little merit to his case (as much as it kills me to think that’s true).
Of course that doesn’t change the ridiculousness of all this, and the amount.
To any lawyers out there — is there any merit to this case from a privacy standpoint, or is this pure ridiculousness?
(Tip of the hat to Pizza in Motion)