A Ghanaian software developer has sued the ride-sharing company Bolt for Ghc 2m over alleged negligence.
According to Mr Justice Noah Adade, the company breached the Data Protection laws after his biodata was used without authorization by a driver for the company.
He is accusing Bolt of failing to do proper checks on its drivers and hence violating his right to privacy as a result, suing the company before an Adentan Circuit Court for Ghc 2m.
In his statement of Claim, the Plaintiff revealed he is a majority Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of a software company in Accra..
The Plaintiff said the defendant was a Company registered under the laws of Ghana and operated a ride/ transport software platform that registered drivers as part of its business and created demand for the drivers by linking them to passengers.
Mr Adade said in August this year, he ordered a ride on Bolt from Lakeside Ashaley Botwe to Saint Peters, also in Ashaley Botwe, Accra.
To his surprise, his name and image appeared on the Bolt platform as the driver with vehicle registration number GR 2052- 22 assigned to pick him to his destination.
The Plaintiff said he waited for the ride and “indeed the driver of the vehicle with registration number GR 2052-22 came,”.
It turned out it was someone he knew who used his biodata on the platform and when he confronted him, he started pleading for forgiveness.
He said he was traumatised by the experience and just wondering what kinds of crimes might have been committed on the platform in his name.
He said his reputation which he built with great pains over the years had been battered and lowered and that Bolt Ghana Limited owed him as well as the public “a duty of care to be diligent and thorough in the performance of its functions,”
The Plaintiff says that the defendant “failed to comply with the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) and thus has conducted itself illegally.”