Uber driver secretly filmed over 700 passengers

An Uber car under surveillance

If you are present in the conversation, as the driver was, it's legal to record and live stream.

A St. Louis driver who livestreamed his passengers online without their knowledge has been dropped from Uber and Lyft as well as Twitch.

"Driver partners are responsible for complying with the law when providing trips, including privacy laws", an Uber spokesman told the Post-Dispatch. Last month the company installed panic buttons in its vehicles in the U.S. so passengers could call the police after reports that more than 100 drivers had been accused of sexual misconduct.

Regardless, the report has attracted enough attention that both ride-share companies deactivated the driver's accounts.

"Uber and Lyft could easily enact a policy, so could legislation, where you could say, although you're in a one-party consent state. that you should not be able to disseminate to anyone except by subpoena", Klieman said. Gargac told the publication that he is not the only one streaming rides on the platform.

Jason Gargac had an audience of thousands and said he tried to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers".

"I feel violated. I'm embarrassed", said one, who reportedly asked to not be identified. "I'm embarrassed. 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 auto is online and people are watching me".

Uber told the Post-Dispatch that Gargac's behavior was "troubling" and that the videos were not in line with its community standards. "It makes me sick". They compliment the purple LED lights, not knowing they serve to illuminate passengers for the camera.

Reached for a response, Twitch wouldn't comment directly on Gargac. "You know, the internet is a insane place". The report notes that Gargac took advantage of Missouri's one-party consent laws to build up a following on Twitch by live-streaming passengers including children.

The ride-hailing companies disclaim liability for drivers actions in their terms of service, and riders waive their rights to sue when using the services, Stewart said. "Recording passengers without their consent is illegal in some states, but not Missouri".

"I think it's a larger question about privacy and technology for society, what we do when the norms around a particular technology are violated", Rosenblat said.

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