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Man Sues Uber for Revealing His L'Affaire

If you’re going to get caught cheating, you may as well try to make a payday out of it.

Consider the case of the Frenchman (part of a tribe where one is arguably expected to have a mistress), who filed a whopping €45 million lawsuit against Uber. He alleges that privacy bugs in the mobile app led directly to his wife discovering his unfaithfulness. Madame went on to file for divorce.

The unnamed businessman, was found out because his Uber notifications were sent to his wife’s iPhone. The notifications were basically a suspicious spouse’s dream (or a stalker’s), revealing where and when he was being picked up and his destination.

How did this happen? Well, the businessman, who is based on the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur in the south of France (oui oui!), borrowed his wife’s phone to log into Uber, once—and even though he logged back out, the notifications still went to her.

According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the flaw came about because Uber wasn’t properly revoking notification tokens on devices after an account is disconnected. The issue doesn’t exist in Android devices, nor in iOS phones that have been updated since mid-December.  

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