Of about a dozen the newspaper interviewed, all said they didn't know they were livestreamed and wouldn't have consented.
The 32-year-old ride-hailing driver built a following on the live-streaming video platform by taking advantage of Missouri's one-party consent laws, which means his broadcasts are actually legal. Missouri, the state in which these events took place, does not label this act as illegal due to their adherence to "one-party consent".
The livestream occasionally revealed the passengers' full names and residences, as well as private conversations and intimate moments, the newspaper reported. The almost 700 rides he gave were fodder for watchers making jokes about the drunk passengers and crudely evaluating women's bodies.
"In terms of this particular person, we do not comment on Terms of Service violations in regards to specific individuals", Twitch said in a statement to UPI. 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".
Uber has announced it is suspending Gargac's account and Lyft said it deactivated him as a driver. He gave a reporter his business card. 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.
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Uber allows drivers to use video cameras to record passengers for safety purposes.
Obviously, this legality can help people in other cases, if they're being personally harassed or targeted and need proof for legal action.
It is not a crime in Missouri for parties to record their own interactions, unless it shows someone nude without that person's consent.
"This is one of those areas where the law hasn't caught up with the technology very well", Stewart said. There has been an upward trend in recording passengers, she said, driven by "good reasons" like ensuring drivers' safety, or being able to vouch for the quality of their service.
'Saying she was an 8 out of 10 or a 9 out of 10, that's cringe-y to a point, but I don't think it goes over a line, ' he said.
"When these laws were drafted and enacted, I don't think any of these states could have envisioned what we have in this case, where you have livestreaming video", he said.