Uber And Lyft Suspend Driver Who Secretly Livestreamed Passengers

Dash cam videos from Uber and Lyft rides make it online constantly like this one showing Uber rides in Australia

Dash cam videos from Uber and Lyft rides make it online constantly like this one showing Uber rides in Australia

St. Louis Post-Dispatch describers Jason Gargac, the 32-year-old driver of these ride hailing platforms, to have given around 700 rides since March 2018.

Gargac said he's trying to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers".

Twitch did not respond to the Post-Dispatch's requests for comment for the story, but said in a statement after publication that the service would remove content in response to complaints from people who say their privacy was violated. Of about a dozen the newspaper interviewed, all said they didn't know they were livestreamed and wouldn't have consented.

While Missouri law allows a person to film another without their consent-so Gargac was not breaking the law-Uber has nonetheless made a decision to suspend him from their app, calling the revelations "troubling", reports Business Insider.

Camera IconJason Gargac, right, secretly recording passengers.Picture: YouTube, YouTube/ABC News America. "We got in an Uber at 2 a.m.to be safe, and then I find out that, because of that, everything I said in that vehicle is online and people are watching me".

But the Post-Dispatch article raised questions about Gargac's actions from privacy and ethical perspectives, and Uber and Lyft, which he also drove for, condemned his actions.

Local newspaper the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said passengers were seen kissing, vomiting and gossiping about relatives and work colleagues.

Uber told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Gargac's behaviour was "troubling" and that the videos were not in line with its community standards. "It makes me sick". His Twitch channel is no longer hosting any videos and has been suspended.

Private conversations and other intimate interactions were also captured and shared instantly allowing Twitch users to comment on these moments in real-time. It only takes the knowledge and consent of one participant in a conversation for its recording to be legal in the midwestern state.

"Fundamentally, exposing people, especially women, to random people on the internet is mean and it's wrong", said Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at the nonprofit think tank Data and Society.

"When these laws were drafted and enacted, I don't think any of these states could have envisioned what we have in this case, where you have livestreaming video", he said. Like other Uber and Lyft drivers who stream their passengers' journeys on Twitch's In Real Life section, he initially informed customers about the livestreams.

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