Maria Dinzeo reports:
In grappling with online video privacy litigation invoking a decades-old privacy law, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said at a hearing Thursday that she will likely side with online streaming service Hulu that it did not disclose its users’ identities and viewing preferences to Facebook.
“It just doesn’t feel like the Bork transmission of personal information,” Beeler said, referring to the outing of Judge Robert Bork’s video rental history after he was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. The incident led to the passage of the Video Protection Privacy Act in 1988, a law stipulating that personally identifiable information [PII] must remain private.
Whether information identifying Facebook users was knowingly transmitted by Hulu to Facebook is the sole remaining claim against the service, which Hulu lawyer Victor Jih called “the chasm as big as the Grand Canyon that they can’t cross.”
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