Uber, Lyft suspend driver who recorded St. Louis passengers

Uber, Lyft suspend driver who recorded St. Louis passengers

After the story went viral, Uber removed Gargac from the service Saturday night, and Lyft did the same on Sunday.

Gargac's Twitch channel has since been completely deactivated, though Twitch told the Post-Dispatch that it was uncertain as to why the channel was no longer online. "I don't have that in a stranger's auto", Gargac told the newspaper. Following the report, an Uber spokesperson confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that the company had "suspended Gargac after reviewing his videos". 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. He does not need their consent to film them.

It'd be one thing for your Uber or Lyft driver to record your trips in their vehicle - but it's another thing entirely when your driver posts that footage online.

'The driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber'.

Twitch did not comment on this specific case but, according to ABC News America, said it does not allow people to share content that invades others privicay. Under Missouri law, passengers would have to prove any intrusion would involve "a secret or private matter that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person", he said.

Ride-hailing services have previously come under scrutiny for the behavior of their drivers.

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"The behavior by the driver is clearly wrong, but the companies make it very hard to win damages against them for this", he said. "Recording passengers without their consent is illegal in some states, but not Missouri". Nevertheless, the companies enabling his live streaming made a decision to intervene. "It was fake. It felt produced". In some cases, full names were revealed, along with people's homes.

"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. Uber gave them each a $5 credit and promised they would not again be paired with Gargac as a driver.

Local newspaper the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said passengers were seen kissing, vomiting and gossiping about relatives and work colleagues.

"Driver partners are responsible for complying with the law when providing trips, including privacy laws", an Uber spokesman told the Post-Dispatch.

"This is creepy", one Twitch user posted, according to the Post-Dispatch, which watched dozens of hours of Gargac's channel on the video streaming service. "You know, the internet is a insane place".

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