Sony Deals Latest Blow To Video Privacy Suits At 9th Circ.

By Allison Grande (September 11, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit recently refused to allow consumers to sue a pair of Sony Corp. units for alleged violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act's data retention provision, marking the latest in a series of rulings that has greatly curtailed video service providers' liability under the statute.

In a published opinion issued Sept, 4, a three-judge panel held that disclosures of plaintiff Daniel Rodriguez's information between Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC were exempt from the VPPA's nondisclosure requirements and that he had no right of action over their retention of his data.

The opinion marked...

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