What is shocking about this incident is that what the Uber driver did was legal under Missouri law.
The videos displayed activities of passengers in the vehicle including personal conversations and gossips with each other about family or job etc. In some cases, the live-stream also exposed personal information of passengers including names and addresses.
The news was first reported by St. Louis Post-Dispatch according to which some passengers knew that they have been recorded and live-streamed while some were clueless what Gargac was up to. Some of the videos also received commented from viewers such as “The blonde is a seven, the brunette a five” and “She doesn’t sit like a lady.”
Gargac also used a Twitter handle JustSmurf (@thatguysmurf) to promote his videos. On the other hand, Twitch has also suspended his account.
Although the entire scheme was an invasion of privacy, Missouri is one of the many “one-party consent states” which means that individuals can record conversations to which they are a party without telling the other parties – Simply put: Gargac’s activities were completely legal however he has now been suspended by both Lyft and Uber.
In response to the incident; Uber representative said that “The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines. We have ended our partnership with this driver.”
Remember, next time when you are using Uber or Lyft be careful; you never know who is watching you.