Video Privacy Protection Act

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Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Fall 2016

Privacy Shield – An Early Reflection - EU law generally prohibits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the U.S., unless the transfer is made in accordance with an authorized data transfer...more

Update on Data Breach and Data Privacy Class Actions Post-Spokeo

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins, providing guidance on the “injury-in-fact” aspect of the constitutional standing requirement for putative class action plaintiffs. 136 S. Ct. 1540...more

Top Privacy Cases of 2016: Midyear Report

Law360, New York (July 1, 2016, 12:12 PM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court made a big splash this year establishing a murky threshold for standing that has already been widely cited by both sides of the bar, while consumers...more

In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation: An IP Address is Not Always Personally Identifiable Information

What’s the Case About? In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation is a multi-district consolidated class action filed on behalf of children under the age of thirteen alleging that Viacom used child directed websites it...more

First Circuit Issues Potentially Significant Ruling on Federal Video Privacy Statute’s Application to Mobile Apps

The First Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., — F.3d —-, Case No. 15-1719, 2016 WL 1719825 (1st Cir. Apr. 29, 2016), may carry important implications for mobile...more

Google Prevails In Privacy Case Before Third Circuit - But Court’s Decision May Leave Door Open For Future Video Privacy Suits

On June 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, rejected the allegation that Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) and federal and state wiretapping...more

First Circuit Subscribes to a Minority View: Free App Users Allowed to Proceed With Privacy Class Action Under the Video Privacy...

In Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st Cir. Apr. 29, 2016), the First Circuit held that users of free mobile applications, or “apps,” can bring a claim against an online...more

First Circuit and FTC Address Definitions of “PII,” While Michigan Amends Privacy Law to Remove Statutory Damages

On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down its widely anticipated opinion in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., in which it expanded the reach of the Video Privacy...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #2

New Jersey Statute Causing Uptick in Class Actions - Businesses in New Jersey are facing an influx of consumer class actions over common terms of service based on a plaintiff-friendly interpretation of a 36-year-old...more

Mobile App Providers Encouraged to Obtain User Consent Before Sharing Video Viewing Information with Any Third Party After Gannett...

If you offer a mobile application that allows consumers to watch videos of any kind, and if you share that video-viewing information with an analytics firm, take careful note: On April 29, in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite...more

First Circuit Opens New World of Potential Liability for Video Producers

You may be too young for this to have been a big thing to you, but almost 30 years ago, D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C. went into a tizzy. Coming as it did just a year...more

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

This past week, the First Circuit issued a notable opinion concerning the contours of liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – a decision that stirs up further uncertainty as to where to draw the line...more

Users of free mobile apps not protected by Video Privacy Protection Act

Significantly, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion on October 9th that consumers who download and use free mobile apps do not fall within the definition of a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)....more

9th Circuit Holds No Private Right of Action for Data Retention Violation Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

The decision further aligns the circuit courts in holding that the private right of action is limited to the Act’s prohibition on unauthorized disclosures only. A recent attempt to expand the breadth of the private right...more

SCOTUS Decision in Spokeo Could Have Significant Impact on Data Breach Litigation

Following several significant data breaches in 2014 and 2015, including one reported just last week by the IRS, organizations of all types are on high alert to safeguard against data breaches and to prepare incident response...more

Should Feds Regulate Persistent Identifiers as Personal Information?

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission settled an action it had brought against Nomi Technologies, a provider of “in-store analytics” technology. The fact that the action was brought against Nomi to begin with, considering...more

Advertising Law - July 2015

Try, Try Again: Lawmakers Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - A group of federal lawmakers reintroduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), with some changes...more

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and...more

Recent Decisions Narrow Scope of Liability under Video Privacy Protection Act

Two significant decisions under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) in recent weeks have provided new defenses to companies alleged to have run afoul of the statute. Bringing the long-running litigation against Hulu to a...more

Google/Viacom Win Video Privacy Protection Act Case – Common Sense Finally Emerges

In an important decision in a federal court case in New Jersey, In Re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation, Google and Viacom obtained a dismissal of a claim against them under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The...more

Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the...more

California District Court Denies Certification of Putative Class of Plaintiffs Alleging Violations of the Video Privacy Protection...

The U.S. District court for the Northern District of California denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification because the proposed class did not satisfy Rule 23’s ascertainability and predominance requirements. ...more

No Class: Hulu Users Lose Certification Motion

After a decision denying class certification last week, claims by Hulu users that their personal information was improperly disclosed to Facebook are limited to the individual named plaintiffs (at least for now, as the...more

Hulu Video Privacy Protection Act Summary Judgment Ruling in the N.D. of California Emphasizes Importance of Knowing What Data...

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the Northern District of California in In Re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, No. 3:11-cv-03764-LB (M.J. Laurel Beeler), issued a summary judgment opinion under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”),...more

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