An Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis, Missouri has been silently streaming all of his rides on popular streaming platform Twitch without passenger consent.
This human pile of living, breathing, driving feces put countless women (over 700 rides worth) in potential danger by showing their faces, neighborhoods, and seemingly private conversations to a faceless internet audience.
But here's the twist: It's completely legal, despite ethical questions raised regarding passengers' privacy. 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 troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines".
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Rosenblat said Gargac was not the only driver to record and share recordings of passengers without their knowledge.
Gargac claimed that the primary objective of the recordings was for security, but also contradicted himself, saying that he started driving for the services in order to create the livestream, according to the Post-Dispatch.
"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.
Gargac said he's trying to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers", and he films for security purposes, as well.
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Some of Gargac's passengers who were tracked down by the Post-Dispatch weren't happy when they were told about the livestream.
"We got in an Uber at 2am 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. It makes me sick".
Soon Gargac's channel gets a new follower, and viewers pick up. But Twitch's community guidelines expressly prohibit content that violates a person's privacy. Only the companies involved or the legislature can take action to change that.
Videos that had been archived to Gargac's Twitch page were no longer on the website Saturday night. He asked a Post-Dispatch reporter to not use his full name in the story, to protect his privacy. They compliment the purple LED lights, not knowing they serve to illuminate passengers for the camera.
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