A New York Federal judge ordered Google’s YouTube to release user data due to copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom. This $1 billion lawsuit has granted Viacom’s request YouTube to release its 12 terabyte user database which will reveal the viewing habits of viewers. This data will contain user id, viewing times, ip address and the identification of the video.
Privacy activists from the Electronic Frontier Foundation said the ruling disregarded the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act passed by Congress to protect people’s video-viewing habits from being disclosed.
Google senior litigation counsel Catherine Lacavera said, We are disappointed the court granted Viacom’s overreaching demand for viewing history,” she said. “We will ask Viacom to respect users’ privacy and allow us to anonymize the logs before producing them under the court’s order.