Online video provider Hulu has decisively won a lawsuit claiming it violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), a quirky 1988 law that provides a $2,500 penalty for the “wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records.”
In the 2011 complaint (PDF), plaintiffs claimed that Hulu broke the law by providing Facebook data about what videos its customers were watching. The suit sought class-action status, but the judge rejected the plaintiffs’ first attempt to certify a class.
In an order (PDF) published Tuesday, US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said that Hulu was in the clear.
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