YouTube Told To Hand Over User Data…..Yikes!

Google has been ordered to hand over data detailing the video-watching habits of YouTube users at the request of Viacom who is suing Google over copyright issues. This could potential identify millions of people around the world and erodes expectations of privacy on the Internet:

“We are disappointed the court granted Viacom’s overreaching demand for viewing history,” Google’s senior litigation counsel Catherine Lacavera said in an e-mail. “We will ask Viacom to respect users’ privacy and allow us to anonymize the logs before producing them under the court’s order.”

Google hasn’t decided if it will appeal the decision, but I for one hope that they do. This is too important not to fight.

One Response to “YouTube Told To Hand Over User Data…..Yikes!”

  1. grapevine2008 Says:

    ack! more blogging about this! viacom invading our privacy, and here i am complaining about seth macfarlane’s intimate tryst with google.

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