Uber & Lyft Driver Caught Livestreaming His Passengers On Twitch

Uber & Lyft Driver Caught Livestreaming His Passengers On Twitch

Jason Gargac, who drives for both Uber and Lyft, has given out 700 rides in St Louis since March and the majority of them were broadcast live on Twitch without permission from those inside his vehicle.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 32-year-old Jason Gargac of Florissant, Mo., has given about 700 rides in the area since March.

Jason Gargac had an audience of thousands and said he tried to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers".

Sometimes, to confirm who they are for their driver, the passengers say their full names.

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

Alexandra LaManna, a spokesperson for Lyft, said, "The safety and comfort of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we have deactivated this driver".

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Lawyer Areva Martin said in the state of Missouri as long as one party, in this case the Uber driver, gives consent to the recording it's not deemed illegal. 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".

"The livestream and the Twitch and all that is really more secondary than the security that I feel knowing if something happens, immediately there can be a response versus hopefully you'll find my truck in a ditch three weeks later", he said. A Twitch spokesman said the company's terms of service and guidelines "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy" and that any reported videos would be removed.

Their conversations and actions were streamed live to the Twitch platform, where viewers - some of whom paid Gargac - watched and commented.

Passengers contacted by the Post-Dispatch said they did not see it. According to the company's help page, drivers are urged to check local regulations to determine if they need to obtain consent from riders to record them.

As he operates in Missouri, Gargac's actions are legally sound. His channel featured multiple cameras on the dashboard, both facing out onto the street, so viewers could see where the auto was heading, as well as facing the passengers themselves. There are other two-party consent states, where two participants in a conversations are required to consent to being recorded.

"It's a fact-by-fact case", Pate said, "and I don't think there have been any court decisions to deal with this particular issue". 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.

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