Privacy Best Practices for Rideshare Drivers Using Dashcams Infographic
FPF and Uber have created a guide for US-based rideshare drivers who install “dashcams” – video cameras mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard or windshield. Many drivers install dashcams to improve safety, security, and accountability; the cameras can capture crashes or other safety-related incidents outside and inside cars. Dashcam footage can be helpful to drivers, passengers, insurance companies, and others when adjudicating legal claims. At the same time, dashcams can pose substantial privacy risks if appropriate safeguards are not in place to limit the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data.
The guide explains relevant laws and provides practical tips to help drivers be transparent, limit data use and sharing, retain video and audio-only for practical purposes, and use strict security controls. The guide highlights ways that drivers can employ physical signs, in-app notices, and other means to ensure passengers are informed about dashcam use and can make meaningful choices about whether to travel in a dashcam-equipped vehicle. Drivers seeking advice concerning specific legal obligations or incidents should consult legal counsel.