Missouri, the state in which these events took place, does not label this act as illegal due to their adherence to "one-party consent". He said victims could theoretically sue for invasion of privacy, but "would need to show that the back of an Uber is a place where we can and should be expected to be private".
Camera IconJason Gargac, right, secretly recording passengers.Picture: YouTube, YouTube/ABC News America. It said passengers rarely noticed the camera, and when they did Gargac would often say he was recording them for safety reasons, rather than acknowledging the livestream.
Children, intoxicated college students and public figures, including Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist with the band Alice in Chains, have been among the unwitting passengers, the Post-Dispatch reported. He has also inadvertently revealed the full names of his riders and their homes and neighbourhood on the streaming platform. But Twitch's community guidelines expressly prohibit content that violates a person's privacy.
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The Twitch spokesman said the company does not comment on specific cases.
He said the streams were "secondary" but added "I try to capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers - what a Lyft and Uber ride actually is".
"Stick with my first name, if you can, because privacy concerns", he said.
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In an earlier statement to CNN, Lyft noted that its drivers are "required to follow applicable local laws and regulations, including with regard to the use of any recording device".
An Uber driver has been suspended after it emerged that he had been broadcasting his passengers' conversations live without their consent.
And this is why Gargac appears to be in the clear, legally: Missouri law doesn't require Gargac to let his passengers in on the fact that they're being recorded. It only takes the knowledge and consent of one participant in a conversation for its recording to be legal in the midwestern state.
"This is one of those areas where the law hasn't caught up with the technology very well", Stewart said. Like other Uber and Lyft drivers who stream their passengers' journeys on Twitch's In Real Life section, he initially informed customers about the livestreams.
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"Fundamentally, exposing people, especially women, to random people on the internet is mean and it's wrong", said Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at the nonprofit think tank Data and Society.