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Judge Rules VPPA Applies To Video Streaming

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 14, 2012

A federal judge has denied a motion filed by Hulu to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming the company violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) when it shared user data with ad networks, MediaPost reports. U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Laurel Beeler ruled that the law covers video streaming—the first time a court has ruled the VPPA covers such technology. Beeler pointed out that lawmakers used the phrase “similar audiovisual material” when crafting the law in 1988, the report states. University of Minnesota law professor William McGeveran said, “Congress was really clear about wanting the interpretation to be technology neutral.”
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