Uber examining policies after St. Louis driver live-streams unwitting riders

Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have deactivated the St. Louis driver who live-streamed hundreds of his passengers without their knowledge, and now Uber said it’s looking to clarify its policies after the controversy over the situation.

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report published Friday revealed that Jason Gargac, a driver for Uber and Lyft since March, had given more than 700 rides — and broadcast nearly all of them on Twitch, the video-streaming website.

The videos revealed names and other passenger information, showed images of riders’ homes and included conversations about an assortment of personal topics. Without the passengers’ knowledge, the videos were streamed on Twitch, where viewers commented about the passengers — and Gargac made thousands of dollars.

Uber and Lyft deactivated Gargac over the weekend, when the story drew national attention. Video of his rides has disappeared from Twitch.

Now Uber is examining its policies about recording passengers. Currently, company guidelines say drivers can record rides for safety. They don’t specifically prohibit other uses of video footage. An Uber spokesman said online publication of video is examined on an individual basis.

Lyft has not responded to multiple requests for comment from the Post-Dispatch about its policies regarding such video.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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