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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

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

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

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

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

Denied Again: Alleged Violation of Statute is Enough for Hulu Privacy Case to Proceed

On December 20, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation that solely addressed the issue of whether the Video Privacy Protection Act (the “VPPA”)...more

President Signs Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012

On January 10, 2013, the President signed the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012 into law. The 2013 Act amends the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (18 USC 2710), which prohibited the sharing or...more

President Obama Signs Video Privacy Protection Act Amendment

On January 10, 2013, President Obama signed H.R. 6671, the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012, which amends the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2710, to streamline the process for consumers...more

Hulu Privacy Litigation Marks First Application of Video Privacy Protection Act to Solely Streamed Video

Internet video streaming site Hulu.com is subject to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2710, according to a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, marking the...more

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