Hulu Ruling Offers Privacy Plaintiffs New Route To Victory

Law360, New York (April 30, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge found Monday that Hulu LLC may have violated the Video Privacy Protection Act even if the unique identifiers it shared with Facebook Inc. did not contain users' actual names, widening the pathway for plaintiffs to bring suits under the VPPA and other statutes that prohibit the misuse of personally identifiable information.

In ruling on Hulu's motion for summary judgment, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler nixed the portion of the putative class action that accused the online video streaming site of unlawfully sharing...
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