Viacom to Get You Tube Viewer Details and Habits
As a result of a copyright infringement lawsuit between Google and Viacom,
Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.
The viewing log, which will be handed to Viacom, contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details.
This decision appears to affect You Tube watchers world-wide. Google raised privacy issues with the court, to no avail:
[I]t said privacy concerns expressed by Google about handing over the log were "speculative".
Google isn't blameless in this latest threat to our privacy. [More...]
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