Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Uber suspends driver after he secretly livestreamed his passengers

St Louis Uber driver live-streamed hundreds of passengers Uber suspends driver who streamed videos of passengers online without their permission
Troy Mann | 25 July, 2018, 12:08

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

In an interview with the St Louis Post Dispatch, Gargac said he had enlisted the help of his wife to remove any racist, homophobic or overly sexual comments.

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

Missouri is a one-party-consent state, which means one person recording a conversation with another unwitting person is technically legal.

He also worked for another on-demand transportation company called Lyft. In some cases, full names were revealed, along with people's homes.

Gargac told the publication that he saw nothing wrong with his behavior. 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.

Gargac isn't the first Uber driver to create online videos featuring his ride-hailing passengers.

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The Twitch spokesman said the company does not comment on specific cases. He tweeted that "transparency is always key" and has removed the videos from his Twitch channel as "step #1 of trying to calm everyone down".

After the Post-Dispatch's story was published, Uber and Lyft each chose to suspend Gargac as a driver for violating their community guidelines, however.

Passengers contacted by the Post-Dispatch said they did not see it. "You know, the internet is a insane place".

An Uber driver has been suspended after it emerged that he had been broadcasting his passengers' conversations live without their consent. Since these actions need to be taken preemptively, Gargac is not guaranteed to have the ultimate control.

It is not a crime in Missouri for parties to record their own interactions, unless it shows someone nude without that person's consent.

But CNN legal analyst Page Pate acknowledges this is new territory for many states' laws concerning privacy and recording. "I don't think I would want to be filmed without my permission, or even knowledge", Samantha Soto said.

'Saying she was an 8 out of 10 or a 9 out of 10, that's cringe-y to a point, but I don't think it goes over a line, ' 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.

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