Uber and Lyft drop driver for live-streaming hundreds of local passengers

Uber and Lyft drop driver for live-streaming hundreds of local passengers

Uber and Lyft drop driver for live-streaming hundreds of local passengers

It said passengers rarely noticed the camera, and when they did Gargac would often say he was recording them for safety reasons, rather than acknowledging the livestream.

The decision followed a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Jason Gargac, a U.S. Army Veteran, had set up purple lights and a pair of cameras that broadcast a live stream of passengers to viewers on Twitch.

There's no indication that Mr Gargac's conduct was illegal as Missouri is a one-party consent. Lyft "deactivated" Gargac as a driver on Sunday. 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.

In a statement to ABC News America, Uber and Lyft said "the troubling behaviour in our videos is not in line with our ommunity guidelines".

Many streams and videos don't seem to think much about passenger privacy.

Defending himself, Gargac told the paper, "I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers-what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is".

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Apparently, she would help him moderate any Twitch comments that were overtly homophobic and racist, and yet, having users rate women from 1-10 was somehow okay?! The Twitch videos were subsequently removed, and Gargac's tweets are now private.

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. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown. He said it in one of his own videos, and his identity was later confirmed through public records and social media accounts.

In an earlier statement to CNN, Lyft noted that its drivers are "required to follow applicable local laws and regulations, including with regard to the use of any recording device".

Uber has permanently banned a driver for his creepy practice of live streaming footage of his passengers without their consent.

As he operates in Missouri, Gargac's actions are legally sound. He does not need their consent to film them. "I didn't like it", 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.

"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.

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