Uber and Lyft suspend driver who secretly live-streamed passengers

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Uber and Lyft suspend driver who secretly live-streamed passengers

In it, Jason Gargac, 32, a driver for Uber and Lyft from Florissant, Missouri, described an elaborate $3,000 rig of cameras that he used to record and livestream passengers' rides to the video platform Twitch.

Mr Gargac worked as a part-time Uber and Lyft driver in the St Louis area of Missouri, USA.

Gargac, who goes by the name JustSmurf on Twitch, regularly records the interior of his auto while working for Uber and Lyft with a camera in the front of the vehicle, allowing viewers to see the faces of his passengers, illuminated by his (usually) purple lights, and hear everything they say.

"I feel violated. I'm embarrassed", said one, who reportedly asked to not be identified. Following the report, an Uber spokesperson confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that the company had "suspended Gargac after reviewing his videos".

Dr. Daxton "Chip" Stewart, a journalism professor at Texas Christian University and author of "Social Media and the Law", told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast that Missouri is a "one-party consent" state, meaning only one of the parties to a conversation needs to be aware it's being recorded, even if it's on video. People were sometimes named in the videos, while homes were also shown. This better be content, that's all I'm saying, ' Gargac tells viewers of two female passengers he picked up. The company told multiple outlets that they "do not comment on Terms of Service violations in regards to specific individuals" and "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy".

July 21, 2018, 10:37 p.m. EDT The article has been updated to include a comment from Twitch.

The Post-Dispatch already knew his name. He gave a reporter his business card.

Uber also notes a similar policy on its website, which says their drivers are allowed to use video cameras to record riders for their own safety, so long as local regulations that may require riders' consent are followed.

Obviously, this legality can help people in other cases, if they're being personally harassed or targeted and need proof for legal action.

But CNN legal analyst Page Pate acknowledges this is new territory for many states' laws concerning privacy and recording.

Gargac did have a small sign on a window that stated the vehicle was equipped with recording devices and that "consent" was given when entering the auto, but most passengers did not notice it and he never informed them about the streams.

"It's a fact-by-fact case", Pate said, "and I don't think there have been any court decisions to deal with this particular issue".

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