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Old 3rd July 2008, 22:41   #1  |  Link
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Google must divulge entire Youtube viewing log

Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.

The ruling comes as part of Google's legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement.

Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling a "set-back to privacy rights".

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.
Full article courtesy of the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7488009.stm

What the hell does Viacom think they're doing? There's one thing protecting copyright, another to basically peer over the world's Youtube viewing habits.

I knew it'd be big, but they've outstretched themselves here I think:
The ruling will see the viewing habits of millions of YouTube users given to Viacom, totalling more than 12 terabytes of data.
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