Uber driver fired after he live streamed passengers on Twitch without consent

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  YouTubeFootage from a Jason Gargac live-stream

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have cut ties with a driver who recorded hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers without their permission and livestreamed the video.

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".

Both Uber and Lyft said in statements that Gargac was deactivated from the ride-sharing apps.

"I feel violated. I'm embarrassed", said one passenger, who asked not to be identified. Several passengers contacted by the newspaper said they did not know their rides had been livestreamed, the Post-Dispatch reported, and they said they would not have given the driver permission to record them if they had known.

After the story went viral, Uber removed Gargac from the service Saturday night, and Lyft did the same on Sunday. 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". 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.

"Missouri, where this took place, is a one-party consent state", Klieman said, referring to laws that allow recording as long as one of the people involved approves.

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They say they are going to a bar across town, and one of the women tells Gargac she has a crush on a friend she's going to meet.

The driver, who is named Jason Gargac, affirms that his actions were meant for his own security. In some cases, full names were revealed, along with people's homes.

Gargac defended his actions to the Post-Dispatch, saying other Twitch users did the same thing, though their notifying the passengers of the recording made the feeds less entertaining. "I've done that", he added, "for now".

The revelation, though, has provoked debate about privacy, ethics and its legality - even though an Uber spokesperson said the practice is not against Missouri law. "Driver partners are responsible for complying with the law when providing trips, including privacy laws", an Uber spokesman told the Post-Dispatch in early July.

"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. But the company did tell CNN its community guidelines "do not allow people to share content that invades others' privacy".

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