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Companies Face Class Action for Tracking Children

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 2, 2013

The National Law Journal reports that attorneys have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Google and Viacom for allegedly tracking children online after they visited two Viacom websites. Filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania, K.T. v. Viacom argues the use of cookies on the sites violates the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Wiretap Act as well as intrusion upon seclusion and unjust enrichment, according to the report. The suit states Viacom knowingly lets Google track children on its sites and that both businesses profit from the practice. One expert said it appears “that the plaintiffs are trying to borrow from the concept of (COPPA) and apply it to laws that are completely different, such as wiretap laws and video privacy laws. It’s a novel approach.”
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