18.07.24 Rideshare Dashcam Privacy

July 24, 2018
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Hidden Cost of Rideshare Apps:
Your Privacy?

A St. Louis Uber & Lyft driver was fired after he filmed & secretly live-streamed hundreds of passengers, but he won’t face any charges.

are you at risk?

What Happened?

  • St. Louis driver broadcast videos of passengers without their knowledge or permission to his thousands of online subscribers.
  • Footage includes kids, vomiting, smooching & personal chats.
  • When passengers complained to Uber, they got a $5 credit & a promise they would be paired with other drivers going forward.

Your Rideshare Rights

  • Most drivers are independent contractors and own their cars.
  • Laws have yet to catch up with technology and differ state to state (& sometimes by locality).
  • In most states, it’s legal to secretly record you b/c you don’t have a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ in someone else’s car AND consent is only required from one party (ie: the recorder).
"This is one of those things that’s certainly a breach of our norms, but the law might not be a great way to take care of that yet…. That could change if the law evolves, but it’s moving pretty slow when it comes to this technology.”



Chip Stewart, journalism professor at Texas Christian University, who studied the privacy implications of live streaming technology and the right to record.

Most rideshare drivers employ dash cams for security purposes and to protect against false reviews, but others are ca$hing in by selling their data to real estate or self-driving car companies.

by Jenna Lee,

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