Latest Video Privacy Ruling Fuels Push For Tech-Savvy Laws

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge's recent refusal to expand a Michigan media privacy statute to cover music-streaming provider Pandora Media Inc. in a putative class action shows courts' reluctance to apply outdated rules to today's technology, putting pressure on lawmakers to modernize these protections, attorneys said Thursday.

In a Sept. 27 ruling, U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong rejected plaintiff Peter Deacon's claims that Pandora violated Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act by disclosing users' private listening histories through a data-sharing relationship with Facebook Inc.

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