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Judge: Hulu Has to Face Class-Action Privacy Suit

by Todd Haselton | December 25, 2013December 25, 2013 11:00 am PST


A judge in California recently ruled that Hulu must stand in court and face a class-action privacy lawsuit levied by users who believe it illegally shared private information with comScore and Facebook. According to Reuters, Hulu is accused of breaking the Video Privacy Protection Act from 1988 that prevents public sharing of video rental data without consent.

The class-action suit was brought against Hulu by plaintiffs living in New York, Illinois and California, according to Reuters, and has since gained signatures of thousands of other people. Hulu has argued that there shouldn’t even be a lawsuit because the plaintiffs can’t show how any damage was done. Worse, apparently a lot of the plaintiffs are hiding behind fake names, like “Homer Simpson” and “Santa Claus.” Clearly you can see why there’s some frustration on Hulu’s end.

Hulu has already asked again for the lawsuit to be dismissed entirely, and a judge has scheduled a new hearing for the second week of February.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...