The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that 32-year-old Jason Gargac, who had driven for the service since March, had installed a camera on his dashboard and live-stream video of his passengers without their knowledge to online streaming service Twitch.
Gargac told the newspaper that he sought out passengers who might make entertaining content, part of capturing and sharing the everyday reactions that earned him a small but growing following online.
The ride-hailing companies disclaim liability for drivers actions in their terms of service, and riders waive their rights to sue when using the services, Stewart said.
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. Though Gargac's Twitch channel is down, you can see one of his past live streams below.
"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. 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".
Uber, Lyft, and Twitch did not respond immediately to Business Insider's request for comment.
In a statement, an Uber spokesperson said the "troubling behavior in the videos" violated its community guidelines, and that the "driver's access to the app has been removed while we evaluate his partnership with Uber".
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Twitch did not comment to the newspaper on the case.
Reached for a response, Twitch wouldn't comment directly on Gargac.
Gargac streamed more than 700 of his rides, including children, college students, and public figures, including local TV news reporter Jerry Cantrell. In some cases, full names were revealed, along with people's homes.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Mr Gargac streamed videos of passengers inside his auto to video-streaming website Twitch.
Footage from a Jason Gargac livestream. Missouri law allows people to record others without their consent. "It was fake. It felt produced", he said. "I've done that", he added, "for now".
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