Uber driver fired after he live streamed passengers on Twitch without consent

Uber driver Jason Gargac right has been suspended

This week, a driver in St. Louis has reportedly been suspended by Uber and Lyft for recording and broadcasting hundreds of his rides live on Twitch.

"First names, and occasionally full names, are revealed". Anonymous viewers online often commented on riders' conversations and left sexual or offensive comments about female passengers' bodies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 32-year-old Jason Gargac of Florissant, Mo., has given about 700 rides in the area since March.

But some riders said they felt their privacy had been violated.

Gargac, a bearded Army veteran, rarely specifies that he is streaming live but a few passengers who noticed were told he was recording for safety, the Post-Dispatch reported after viewing dozens of hours of footage.

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

"The livestream and the Twitch and all that is really more secondary than the security that I feel knowing if something happens, immediately there can be a response versus hopefully you'll find my truck in a ditch three weeks later", he said.




Passengers had no idea they were being recorded and when asked by the newspaper, some said that they wouldn't have given permission had they known.

Gargac told the Dispatch that he was just capturing "natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is". "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".

"In regards to our policies, under our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service, we do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy", a Twitch spokesperson says. Gargac's Twitch account, "JustSmurf", was pulled from the website this weekend. People were sometimes named in the videos, while homes were also shown. Only the companies involved or the legislature can take action to change that. Does a ride-hailing app driver have the right to tape his passengers without their explicit consent, then use and monetize that video?

Now imagine finding out days later that those moments were being streamed live on the internet to thousands of people.

In Missouri and a number of other states, as long as one party knows about the recording - the person doing the recording, for example - it's perfectly legal.

"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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