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Uber/Lyft Driver livestreams all his passengers, exposing secrets and mocking women's bodies

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emerymahon
48
 Posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This is actually quite interesting. This driver would "secretly" (apparently there was a small consent sign in the car) livestream all his passengers. People would watch and comment on the passengers looks, discussions, etc. Apparently passengers were found to be talking dirt about bosses, loved ones, etc!

Uber/Lyft have now booted him from their platform, but can they do that?

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/uber-lyft-driver-booted-after-newspaper-reveals-he-was-livestreaming-passengers/

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    TrixiForkids
    71
     3 years ago

    Yeah, thsi short passage is enough:

    "Passengers have included children, drunk college students and unwitting public figures such as a local TV news reporter and Jerry Cantrell, lead guitarist with the band Alice in Chains.

    First names, and occasionally full names, are revealed. Homes are shown. Passengers have thrown up, kissed, talked trash about relatives and friends and complained about their bosses in Gargac’s truck.

    All the while, an unseen online audience watches, evaluating women’s bodies, judging parents and mocking conversations."

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      drollfan
      36 Rider
       3 years ago

      Full names! Homes! Everything in this is horrible but to then actually display who the person is is just so unsafe.

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      drowningecstasy
      37
       3 years ago

      Wow, what a terrible world we live in. People are so quick to judge others and expose others faults.

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    RedANT
    1072 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    What he did may not have necessarily been illegal, but it certainly lacked common sense and was done without regard for the safety, security and privacy of the passengers in his car.

    I *ALWAYS* have recordings rolling while driving rideshare, but I make sure that passengers are aware that thy're being recorded, that they see my sign informing them that accepting a ride in my car constitutes an agreement to being recorded for the safety and security of both passenger and driver.  Also,for safety sake, I have multiple videos rolling, not just on my dashcam, but also on the Google Nexus tablet mounted on the passenger seatback as well as on the 10" GalaxyTablet that I use for navigation.  (I make sure to CMA)

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    BehindTheName
    113 Rider
     3 years ago

    Breaking rules in the name of being an entrepreneur?  He functions exactly like Uber.

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    DriveMeToTheMoon
    291 Driver Driver
     3 years ago

    Some people just don't understand what's right and wrong.  I wonder what kind of childhood they had.  Forget the rules and terms and laws and stuff.  This is just wrong. a 32-year old man should know.  

    They all walk amongst us, folks.  Scary world out there.  Be safe.

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      llliitt
      1
       3 years ago

      people will do anything these days for a social media following. we live in a virtual world.

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      SteffGart24
      145 Driver
       3 years ago

      Agreed, man.  Look at this loose blanket rule from Lyft:

      "Kate Margolis, a Lyft spokeswoman, sent Ars a similar statement: "All drivers on the Lyft platform are required to follow applicable local laws and regulations, including with regard to the use of any recording device. You can find our policy here on Lyft's safety page.""

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    johnjason
    9 Rider
     3 years ago

    This story sounds like something out of a creepy, scary movie. I get that drivers want to record passengers for liability purposes sometimes. But sharing personal information to the world is a whole other level of weird.