judge orders youtube give user histories to viacom

judge orders youtube give user histories to viacomfrom threat level: Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday (44kb PDF). The judge also turned Google’s own defense of its data retention policies – that IP addresses of computers aren’t personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that “threatens to expose deeply private information.”

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