French man blames Uber for divorce

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A French man has blamed taxi app Uber for the breakdown of his marriage.

The businessman from the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, in the southeast of the country borrowed his wife’s iPhone and briefly logged into the app.  Although he then logged out, his wife reportedly kept receiving notifications on her phone about his movements as a result of a bug in the software.

He now claims that what she discovered caused his wife to demand a divorce, but it is unclear what it was that she found. As a result, he blames Uber for the end of his marriage and has filed a lawsuit against the company demanding €45 million (£38 million) in compensation.

In statement to Le Figaro, the country’s oldest national daily newspaper, Uber said the company “doesn’t comment publicly on individual cases, and especially on cases that involve a divorcing couple”.

The increasingly popular app has made life very difficult for traditional taxi drivers, especially in cities like London. However the bug this man reported was not unique to him. Testing done by Le Figaro revealed that many older versions of the app for the iPhone had the same technical glitch. However, the issue was fixed by a software update in December.

An initial hearing for the man’s lawsuit is expected to take place in March.

Smartphones have long been blamed for relationship problems ever since they were first popularised. In 2015 researchers from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, suggested that a person’s excessive phone use can have a negative impact on their partner’s happiness. They dubbed the phenomenon “phubbing”, a portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing”.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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1 comment

Andrew - February 10, 2017 at 12:48pm

Sorry, but this calls for the pen of Feydeau!

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