A lot of Uber, Lyft rides get posted online without anyone noticing

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Footage from a Jason Gargac livestream. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch YouTube

Uber and Lyft last weekend suspended a driver who secretly live-streamed hundreds of passengers on the video platform Twitch, according to a report.

According to the St. Lous Post-Dispatch, a 32-year-old driver named Jason Gargac has streamed almost all of the 700 rides he's given since March directly on Twitch through an account called "JustSmurf".

Jason Gargac live-streamed passengers' journeys on video-sharing site Twitch, where viewers would comment on their behaviour and appearance.

Gargac told the Dispatch that he was just capturing "natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is".

He said that at first he had informed passengers that he was recording them, but the videos felt "fake" and "produced".

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Gargac did have a small sign on a window that stated the vehicle was equipped with recording devices and that "consent" was given when entering the auto, but most passengers did not notice it and he never informed them about the streams.

"I really have this issue of telling Uber drivers my whole life story", she says.

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. Following the report, an Uber spokesperson confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that the company had "suspended Gargac after reviewing his videos".

Local newspaper the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said passengers were seen kissing, vomiting and gossiping about relatives and work colleagues.

The Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri, Lyrissa Lidsky, said this is not, technically, illegal because Missouri is a one party consent state.

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Lyft also severed ties with Gargac. "It makes me sick".

Apparently, she would help him moderate any Twitch comments that were overtly homophobic and racist, and yet, having users rate women from 1-10 was somehow okay?! But Twitch's community guidelines expressly prohibit content that violates a person's privacy. On Twitch, Gargac has amassed 4,350 followers and around 1000 of them pay a minimum of $5 a month to subscribe to his channel and indirectly offer financial support. People were sometimes named in the videos, the Post-Dispatch said, while homes were also shown.

In Missouri and a number of other states, as long as one party knows about the recording - the person doing the recording, for example - it's perfectly legal. "I don't think I would want to be filmed without my permission, or even knowledge", Samantha Soto said.

"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".

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