You might want to be careful what you say on an Uber ride in St. Louis ...
I assume that Uber suspended him solely for the embarrassment of getting caught and publicized. His actions are fully in line with the low-to-nonexistent level of ethics and morality found in the Uber founder, management, computer programming staff, and overall corporate culture.
Note the blitz of "we promise, NOW you can trust us" adverts spewing out from the new Uber president. I have no more reason to believe him and those ads than the similar ones coming from Wells Fargo.
Setting aside the one-party recording laws, the stickers in the car that allegedly informed the passengers they were being recorded, and the probability that a cab (by any other name) has little to no expectation of privacy, this was creepy. The article I read said the guy frequently worked the college areas at night because that's what drove his subscriptions. On one hand, I can applaud the idea of making money, but on the other hand I dislike the reality shows on cable TV for the last 10-15 years which are only marginally above what he was doing.