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Lawsuits Piling Up Against Video Provider

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 22, 2011

In the wake of the most recent suit alleging a privacy violation by the world's foremost video-rental provider, CNET reports that Netflix "has been accused of violating U.S. privacy laws in five separate lawsuits filed during the past two months," with each case alleging the company "hangs onto customer information, such as credit card numbers and rental histories, long after subscribers cancel their membership." The lawsuits allege the company has violated the Video Privacy Protection Act. The most recent suit was filed last week by a Michigan resident. Each of the plaintiffs has filed suit in U.S. District Court, and the complaints are seeking class-action status.
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