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Netflix Bids Adieu To Privacy Suit Over Viewable User Data

Law360, New York (August 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT) -- Netflix Inc. has escaped a putative class action accusing it of violating privacy law by allowing any user of a Netflix-capable streaming video receiver to see a subscriber’s video lists, with a California federal judge ruling Friday that the company isn’t responsible for who sees the lists after users link their accounts to the devices.

District Judge Edward J. Davila granted Netflix’s motion to dismiss the suit, saying an exception in the Video Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits video service providers from knowingly disclosing consumers’ personally identifiable information, allows video service providers to disclose personal information to consumers themselves. The plaintiffs,...

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