Google Ruling Won't End Video Privacy Class Actions

Law360, New York (January 23, 2015, 9:09 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge's recent dismissal of Video Privacy Protection Act claims against Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. is likely to provide relief to companies that collect information that can't be directly linked to their users, but it won't stop plaintiffs from wielding the privacy statute to go after businesses that take steps to attach an identity to the data they have collected.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice multidistrict litigation accusing Google and Viacom of illegally tracking children's Internet and video-viewing activities. The judge denied arguments from the minors and their...

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