Uber suspends driver after he secretly livestreamed his passengers

Nichole VegaJul 25, 2018

"Recording passengers without their consent is illegal in some states, but not Missouri".

But the paper notes Gargac appeared to contradict that statement in an interview, saying he started driving for Uber and Lyft with the objective of hosting the livestream.

In some instances, the passengers confirmed their full names to Gargac during the broadcast without him ever informing them that they were being recorded.

Gargac did have a small sign on a window that stated the vehicle was equipped with recording devices and that "consent" was given when entering the auto, but most passengers did not notice it and he never informed them about the streams.

Garcac's Twitch channel was taken down over the weekend.

The report says that Gargac is not the only one doing so without seeking consent of his passengers. Passengers' personal details, like first names and occasionally last, were regularly revealed on-air to a shadowy audience of around 4,500 followers and some 100 paying subscribers.

Twitch did not comment on this specific case but, according to ABC News America, said it does not allow people to share content that invades others privicay.

Jason Gargac, based in St. Louis, told the Post-Dispatch about his videos in an article published Friday.

It'd be one thing for your Uber or Lyft driver to record your trips in their vehicle - but it's another thing entirely when your driver posts that footage online.

Twitch did not comment to the newspaper on the case. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown.

"I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is", he said". He said it in one of his own videos, and his identity was later confirmed through public records and social media accounts. The company notes on its help page that some cities and states may require drivers to disclose the presence of recording devices while others may bar recording devices.

Does a ride-hailing app driver have the right to tape his passengers without their explicit consent, then use and monetize that video?

"This is one of those areas where the law hasn't caught up with the technology very well", Stewart said.

'Saying she was an 8 out of 10 or a 9 out of 10, that's cringe-y to a point, but I don't think it goes over a line, ' he said. "I don't think I would want to be filmed without my permission, or even knowledge", Samantha Soto said.

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