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Judge Dismisses Pandora Privacy Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 4, 2012

A federal judge has dismissed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming that Internet radio company Pandora violated its users’ privacy, CNET News reports. The suit argued that a pre-Internet era Michigan law was violated when Pandora integrated with Facebook in 2010. Saying that no “actual injury” was demonstrated, U.S. District Judge Saundra Armstrong noted the 1988 state privacy law prohibits a class-action lawsuit “by a person who has not suffered actual loss,” adding, “Pandora argues that it merely streamed music to plaintiff’s computer and, therefore, could not have violated (state law) because it never rented, lent or sold recordings to him.”
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