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Court Dismisses Video Privacy Case Against Redbox

A federal court of appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against Redbox will not continue. The plaintiffs argued that Redbox's disclosure of personal information to a customer service center violated the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988. The Seventh Circuit ruled that since customer service is part of Redbox's "ordinary course of business," the disclosure is permissible under the Act. The Court also determined that the statute created standing and that it was unnecessary to show additional harm. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that a privacy class action lawsuit against Hulu, the video streaming service, could continue. In that case, Hulu shared user data with Facebook for advertising purposes, in violation of the VPPA. EPIC has supported the Video Privacy law since its inception and has defend the statute in Congressional testimony and amicus briefs. For more information, see EPIC: Harris v. Blockbuster; EPIC: Lane v. Facebook; and EPIC: Video Privacy Protection Act.

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