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St. Louis Uber and Lyft Driver secretly streamed live passengers, the report says



"I had some offline conversations with some people and they suggested removing the stored vods as a first step to reassure everyone," he said, referring to on-demand videos on Twitch. "I did that," he added, "for the time being."

His story seems to be full of contradictions. Mr. Gargac streamed people live without their knowledge when he tried to become a police officer. He started driving to pick up and send people. He asked a post-dispatch reporter not to use his full name in the story to protect his privacy.

The story also raises a lot of questions about technology in the 21

st century when people should expect privacy and the business models of Ride companies like Lyft and Uber. They are under the control of their drivers, who consider them to be independent contractors and not employees.

"Basically, uncovering people, especially women, is common to indiscriminate people on the Internet and it's wrong," said Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at the not-for-profit think-tank Data and Society

Ms. Rosenblat, who writes a book titled "Author of Uberland: How Algorithms Rewrite Working Rules," said she had studied the business for four years. The uptake of passengers has experienced an upward trend, she said, driven by "good reasons" such as ensuring the safety of drivers or the ability to vouch for the quality of their service.

"What we see with this driver is just a completely different game," she said. "That's, how can I monetize passengers as content?"

The Missouri Law allows one person to take on others without their consent, said Ari Waldman, director of the New York Law School's Law and Technology Innovation Center. He said the victims could theoretically complain about the violation of privacy, but "should show that the back of an Uber is a place where we can and should be private."


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