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Court Dismisses VPPA-Related Complaints Against Sony

PRIVACY—U.S.

April 25, 2012

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed proposed class-action claims against Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC for alleged violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). Judge Phyllis Hamilton on Friday granted Sony's motion to dismiss a plaintiff's claim that the company unlawfully retained his personally identifiable information (PII) under VPPA, citing as precedent Sterk v. Redbox Automated Retail. The court also dismissed the plaintiff's claim that Sony unlawfully disclosed his PII, saying VPPA permits such disclosure "if the disclosure is incident to the ordinary course of business of the provider," according to the decision.
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