A driver in St. Louis, who was working for both Uber and Lyft, secretly recorded and did live-streaming of passengers without their permission on Twitch, has been suspended. According to the report St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted.
The 32 years old Jason Gargac of Florissant, Missouri, was working for the company and has given almost 700 rides in that city from March 2018. Nearly all those rides have been streamed. He added them to his channel on the live video website known as Twitch. He uses that website by the username “JustSmurf. The video was about passengers entering in the car for ride, Gargac attached the front facing camera to his car’s windshield to get better view of the consumers.
Gargac said he is just trying to “capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers.”
According to the narrative Gragac expressed it is quite normal to stream persons along for the ride; the recording experience is not new on Twitch. The website provides a section for real life happenings, so people can show their daily life actions and interactions. It includes from going to the office or markets, to fitness clubs, eating and everything.
The driver told the Post-Dispatch that the only difference in his live videos is that he didn’t request his customers for permission of streaming. The reason behind it was the reaction he will get would be a fake interaction between them.
The people that were filmed include children, college students’ fully unconscious and ignorant public figures such as a local TV stars Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist with the band Alice in Chains, also news reporter.
In Missouri his actions are legally fine because the state allows for video recording chat under a one party consent act. If you are a party in a conversation, as Gargac is in his live stream, you are legally allowed to record it.
“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 car is online and people are watching me. It makes me sick. I feel violated. I’m embarrassed,” said one of the passengers.
Gragac tweeted on his account and stated that “transparency is always key.” Also he had removed recordings from his channels to turn off the fire he started, as he said the first step to calm everyone down.
Despite of the official implications both of the companies, Uber and Lyft have now deferred him from working as a driver. His channel is also completely deactivated.