Uber, Lyft suspend driver who secretly live streamed hundreds of passengers

Uber, Lyft suspend driver who secretly live streamed hundreds of passengers

Meanwhile, an audience would comment on their appearances and conversations.

An Uber driver in St. Louis, Missouri has been suspended by the company after a local newspaper reported that he frequently streamed videos of his passengers online without their consent. The stream revealed first names and sometimes full names, as well as images of the passengers' homes.

He said the streams were "secondary" but added "I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is".

Before his channel came down, Gargac said he earned about $3,500 from Twitch users since March.

Gargac could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Uber told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Gargac's behaviour was "troubling" and that the videos were not in line with its community standards.

On Saturday morning, Gargac tweeted that to him, "transparency is always key". He added: "I love doing it".

The driver, who is named Jason Gargac, affirms that his actions were meant for his own security. "We are not expecting to be broadcast, recorded, livestreamed".

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Some of Gargac's passengers who were tracked down by the Post-Dispatch weren't happy when they were told about the livestream.

Uber, Lyft, and Twitch did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment. They have come under scrutiny for the oversight of their drivers, which they consider independent contractors and not employees.

Rosenblat, who is writing a book called "Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work", said she had studied the company for four years.

"What we're seeing with this driver is just a totally different game", she said.

'This better be content, I swear to God.

The Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri, Lyrissa Lidsky, said this is not, technically, illegal because Missouri is a one party consent state.

Uber said Monday it has ended its relationship with Gargac. If a passenger would notice the camera, Gargac would tell them he was filming for safety reasons instead of letting them know they were being live-streamed. "I don't think I would want to be filmed without my permission, or even knowledge", Samantha Soto said. "You may not have violated the law, but people certainly feel violated". Gargac's Twitch account, "JustSmurf", was pulled from the website this weekend. "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". Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and about 100 subscribers, who paid $5 a month to watch his uploads.