Uber driver creepily livestreams videos of his passengers on Twitch

Uber suspended a driver in the US for streaming videos of his passengers without their consent

Uber suspended a driver in the US for streaming videos of his passengers without their consent

Jason Gargac, 32, of St. Louis posted online almost 700 rides, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the New York Post reports.

Jason Gargac of Florissant, Missouri, had been driving for Uber and Lyft since March, live-streaming most of his rides, which number in excess of 700 for Uber alone, to his Twitch channel, where he went by the alias "JustSmurf".

The live streams revealed personal conversations of passengers on a Twitch web channel and comments made about the conversations and female passengers' bodies - a format similar to HBO's Taxicab Confessions from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

"I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is", he said".

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

Gargac had placed a small sign on a passenger window that said the vehicle was equipped with recording devices and that "consent" was given by entering the auto.

Uber has since suspended his account and Lyft booted him from the service. The Twitch videos have subsequently been removed and Gargac's tweets are protected. Missouri is among the states that require only one party to consent to recordings.

He also worked for another on-demand transportation company called Lyft.

Apparently, she would help him moderate any Twitch comments that were overtly homophobic and racist, and yet, having users rate women from 1-10 was somehow okay?!

Gargac livestreamed people without their knowledge as he tried to become a police officer.

Gargac said telling customers about the filming produced contrived results.

'The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines, ' an Uber spokesperson said.

"I've had a few offline conversations with some folks, and they suggested getting rid of the stored vods as step #1 of trying to calm everyone down", he said, referring to on-demand videos on Twitch.

'The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber'. "I've done that", he added, "for now". According to the Post-Dispatch, Gargac displayed a small sticker on the back passenger window informing passengers that his vehicle was "equipped with audio and visual recording devices" for security purposes.

Gargac told the Post Dispatch that the camera was primarily a security measure, saying he knew "if something happens, immediately there can be a response, versus hopefully you'll find my truck in a ditch three weeks later". Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and around 100 subscribers, who paid $US5 a month to watch his uploads.

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