Uber suspends driver who streamed videos of passengers online without their permission

Uber suspends driver who streamed videos of passengers online without their permission

Uber has suspended a driver after he was found to have secretly livestreamed his passengers on Twitch, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Gargac gave an interview to the St. Louis newspaper, in which he said the cameras were there for his own security. Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and about 100 subscribers, who paid $5 a month to watch his uploads.

In some instances, the passengers confirmed their full names to Gargac during the broadcast without him ever informing them that they were being recorded. It's the latest revelation of how streaming technology from a smartphone can publicize everyday activities - most recently seen in a wave of racist incidents caught on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. He does not need their consent to film them.

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Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. Uber said in a statement Sunday that it had ended its partnership with Gargac and that "the troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines".

Twitch said it had suspended his account. A Twitch spokesman said the company's terms of service and guidelines "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy" and that any reported videos would be removed.

The revelation, though, has provoked debate about privacy, ethics and its legality - even though an Uber spokesperson said the practice is not against Missouri law.

But here's the twist: It's completely legal, despite ethical questions raised regarding passengers' privacy.

Every visible and audible detail of hundreds of trips in his Chevrolet pick-up - passengers' faces, conversations and drop-off locations - were streamed on the website Twitch. A control panel let Gargac switch camera views as he drove. "I don't have that in a stranger's vehicle", Gargac told the newspaper. But, of course, that all changed following the publication of the Post-Dispatch's investigation. "I didn't like it". "It was fake. It felt produced".

Gargac's actions are not illegal in Missouri, as the state allows for recordings to take place under a one party consent law.

"I feel violated", one anonymous passenger told the Post-Dispatch. Other times, they posted insulting and sexual comments.

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

Despite the fact that the livestreams were technically legal, Gargac did delete all the videos on Saturday, once his true colors were exposed by the St Louis Dispatch. They have come under scrutiny for the oversight of their drivers, which they consider independent contractors and not employees. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown. "You know, the internet is a insane place".

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