Can I Use a Dashcam While Driving for Uber or Lyft?
There is nothing worse when doing Uber or Lyft than having a passenger that is unruly, rude, or downright dangerous. A dashcam is simply a must-have for anyone doing rideshare, be it for your protection or theirs. Some passengers don’t like being recorded and may choose to cancel the ride, but most are used to being recorded in every convenience store, public street, building lobby and more. The question often arises: “Am I allowed to record my passengers?”. We’ve addressed the answer to that question from a legal point of view in the article entitled Dashcams: Everything You Need to Know About Using One While Driving for Uber.
What do Uber and Lyft have to say about it?
“Uber allows driver-partners to install and use video cameras, dash cams, or other recording devices to record riders for purpose of fulfilling transportation services.
Please note that local regulations may require individuals using recording equipment in vehicles to fully disclose to riders that they are being recorded in or around a vehicle and obtain consent. Please check local regulations in your city to determine if these apply.
In addition, our Community Guidelines do not allow users to use any other User’s personal data for any reason other than for the purposes of fulfilling Transportation Services. They also specify that account access can be removed for conduct, language, or gestures that are disrespectful or unsafe. Broadcasting a person’s image, audio, or video recording is a violation of these terms and may result in loss of account access.”
Source https://help.uber.com on 12/5/2019
“Depending on local regulations, the use of dashboard cameras and other recording devices during rides may not be allowed. Some cities or states may require signage making known the presence of recording devices, while other regions may not allow recording devices at all.
Please refer to your city and state’s regulations on recording devices when giving rides.
Broadcasting another person’s image or recording without their express prior consent is prohibited and may result in your account being disabled.“
Source https://help.lyft.com on 12/5/2019
Both Uber and Lyft seem to make their positions pretty clear on this subject. If local laws allow you to record passengers, do it in a way that is designed for your protection and theirs. Posting videos, audio recordings or images of passengers online, or elsewhere, without their consent, however, is grounds for being deactivated. Recording passengers is a good way to protect yourself, but it’s not for your YouTube channel.
We’ve reviewed the best dashcams for Uber and Lyft drivers based on features and value. Whether you want a dual facing camera that records inside of the car, or a cheap dash cam just for some added protection, we’ve got the best dashcams for Uber & Lyft drivers picked out.
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