Uber driver fired after he livestreamed passengers without consent

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  YouTubeFootage from a Jason Gargac live-stream

But the driver faces no legal repercussions for his behavior because Missouri has "one party consent" privacy laws, meaning only one participant in a conversation needs to agree to its being recorded.

"I feel violated", one anonymous passenger told the Post-Dispatch. Gargac said he earned $3,500 from his streaming. "I'm embarrassed. We got in an Uber at 2 a.m.to be safe, and then I find out that because of that, everything I said in that vehicle is online and people are watching me".

Gargac isn't the first Uber driver to create online videos featuring his ride-hailing passengers.

After the story's publication, Uber announced it was suspending Gargac's account, and Lyft said it deactivated him as a driver. "It makes me sick".

Uber said in a statement to The Washington Post Monday, "The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines". 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. Before his channel was taken down, Gargac had 4,500 followers and about 100 subscribers, who paid $5 a month to watch his uploads. If such a violation took place, the company would take action. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown. They compliment the purple LED lights, not knowing they serve to illuminate passengers for the camera. "You know, the internet is a insane place".

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A driver employed by both Uber and Lyft has been fired for livestreaming his jobs online. Missouri is among the states that require only one party to consent to recordings.

But CNN legal analyst Page Pate acknowledges this is new territory for many states' laws concerning privacy and recording.

"We're really dealing with a law that was developed just during the time of audio recording", Stewart said. "I don't think I would want to be filmed without my permission, or even knowledge", Samantha Soto said. Several passengers contacted by the newspaper said they did not know their rides had been livestreamed, the Post-Dispatch reported, and they said they would not have given the driver permission to record them if they had known.

"Particularly if there was something very private and embarrassing released about them", he said.

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