A new lawsuit filed Wednesday against ride-share company Uber claims a passenger left her phone in an Uber vehicle, the driver found explicit photos of the passenger on the device and uploaded the photos onto the woman's social media accounts.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, rode the Uber after a night out with friends in October of 2017, according to the lawsuit.
"This Uber driver knowingly and intentionally hacked into my client’s phone, searched through her photographs, and uploaded them to her Instagram account," John Kristensen, attorney for the woman, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. "The Uber driver's conduct was illegal, outrageous, completely intolerable and goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and reasonable behavior. This guy knew that posting these photos would cause severe emotional harm to my client, but he did it anyway with little or no thought to the consequences."
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The complaint was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, according to the lawyers.
Uber was not immediately available for comment on the lawsuit, but a representative called the accusations in the lawsuit "troubling" and added that the driver has not driven with Uber since Oct. 2017 and does not have access to the Uber app.