A St. Louis driver who livestreamed his passengers online without their knowledge has been dropped from Uber and Lyft as well as Twitch. However, Gargac told the Post-Dispatch that one of the key differences in his streams compared to those already on the service is that he didn't ask his passengers for permission, believing it resulted in a "fake" experience.
Lyft has "deactivated" Gargac as a driver, according to the newspaper. His go-to answer was that the recordings were for safety, but he avoided telling his riders that the footage was being streamed live on Twitch.
An Uber driver in Missouri has been suspended after it emerged that he had been live-streaming hundreds of his passengers on Twitch for months without them even knowing. Missouri, the state in which these events took place, does not label this act as illegal due to their adherence to "one-party consent".
The driver, identified by The St. Louis Post Dispatch as 32-year-old Jason Gargac, filmed his interactions with passengers using a small camera mounted on his windshield and streamed the footage on Twitch, a streaming service popular with gamers.
On Saturday, Gargac tweeted that "transparency is always key" and that he had removed videos from his Twitch channel as "step #1 of trying to calm everyone down". "The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber".
"Uber and Lyft could easily enact a policy, so could legislation, where you could say, although you're in a one-party consent state. that you should not be able to disseminate to anyone except by subpoena", Klieman said.
Jason Gargac, based in St. Louis, US, talked about his videos in an interview with The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.
While Gargac has been observed to befriend his passengers with comical interactions, his viewers have been less pleasant. His Twitch channel is no longer hosting any videos and has been suspended.
Several passengers complained to Uber after learning about Gargac's livestream, they told the Post-Dispatch. I.have nothing more to add here.
"I think it's a larger question about privacy and technology for society, what we do when the norms around a particular technology are violated", Rosenblat said.