Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have suspended a driver who recorded hundreds of St. Louis-area riders without their permission and streamed the live video online. Passengers' personal details, like first names and occasionally last, were regularly revealed on-air to a shadowy audience of around 4,500 followers and some 100 paying subscribers.
Gargac said he's trying to "capture the natural interactions between myself and the passengers".
The newspaper reviewed hours of Gargac's footage.
But some riders said they felt their privacy had been violated.
Gargac claimed that the primary goal of the recordings was for security, but also contradicted himself, saying that he started driving for the services in order to create the livestream, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Gargac could not be reached for comment Sunday.
"The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", a spokesperson for Uber said.
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Despite the fact that the livestreams were technically legal, Gargac did delete all the videos on Saturday, once his true colors were exposed by the St Louis Dispatch.
The Post-Dispatch already knew his name.
Lyft has not responded to our request for comment.
"This better be (expletive) content, I swear to God". 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".
Gargac did have a small sign on a window that stated the vehicle was equipped with recording devices and that "consent" was given when entering the auto, but most passengers did not notice it and he never informed them about the streams. However, Gargac told the Post-Dispatch that one of the key differences in his streams compared to those already on the service is that he didn't ask his passengers for permission, believing it resulted in a "fake" experience. "You may not have violated the law, but people certainly feel violated".
In some instances, the passengers confirmed their full names to Gargac during the broadcast without him ever informing them that they were being recorded.
Ride-hailing services have previously come under scrutiny for the behavior of their drivers. His videos were removed from Twitch, which is mostly used by people live-streaming themselves playing video games, following the report.