Uber driver fired after he livestreamed passengers on Twitch without consent

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"I feel violated. I'm embarrassed", said one passenger, who asked not to be identified. Does a ride-hailing app driver have the right to tape his passengers without their explicit consent, then use and monetize that video? The company notes on its help page that some cities and states may require drivers to disclose the presence of recording devices while others may bar recording devices.

Gargac said telling customers about the filming produced contrived results. They have come under scrutiny for the oversight of their drivers, which they consider independent contractors and not employees. But, of course, that all changed following the publication of the Post-Dispatch's investigation.

Uber said in a statement to The Washington Post Monday, "The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines". If you are present in the conversation, as the driver was, it's legal to record and live stream.

"What we're seeing with this driver is just a totally different game", she said.

Lawyer Areva Martin said in the state of Missouri as long as one party, in this case the Uber driver, gives consent to the recording it's not deemed illegal. In Missouri state of America, the video recording can only be done by the person's consent.

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"I think it's a larger question about privacy and technology for society, what we do when the norms around a particular technology are violated", Rosenblat said.

The driver, who is named Jason Gargac, affirms that his actions were meant for his own security. Neither Lyft nor Uber answered questions Sunday about their policies, or what they do to stop or allow such behavior.

The incident is stirring up debate over video cameras inside ride-hailing vehicle services. But the nature of his recordings and the discussions around them that took place on Twitch has drawn criticism.

"It's a totally different story to have a ride-share driver record passengers conservations and passenger actions for the goal of boosting their brand, or entertaining followers, or embarrassing individuals who get in the auto". 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.

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