Court Says Google May ‘Anonymize’ YouTube Viewer Data

Jul 15, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Your secret YouTube fetishes are safe. The district court in New York hearing Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google ruled Monday that Google-owned YouTube does not have to turn over “personally identifiable” user data to Viacom.
That ruling comes in response to the court’s July 3 order that Google must turn over the viewing histories of every video ever viewed on the site. Google still must turn over that information, but now it can anonymize that data.
However, the court has not yet ruled on whether YouTube must hand over the user records for its employees. Viacom wants to know if YouTube employees uploaded and viewed copyrighted content.
YouTube posted a blog entry on Monday’s ruling.

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