App Users Get Privacy Lifeline In 1st Circ. VPPA Ruling

By Allison Grande (May 3, 2016, 3:26 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit has bucked trend with its sister circuits in backing a USA Today app user's bid to hold the paper's parent Gannett liable for violating the Video Privacy Protection Act, a ruling that boosts what had been fading prospects for plaintiffs attempting to use the decades-old statute to ensnare digital streaming services.

In a published decision, a three-judge panel including retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter reversed U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor's ruling dismissing a putative class action alleging Gannett Co. Inc. ran afoul of the VPPA by recording what videos USA Today app users watched and sending...

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