Google Ordered To Turn Over YouTube Data

A judge has ordered Google to turn over data they have collected on their YouTube site to Viacom. Viacom has sued Google for a Billion big ones claiming copyright infringements. Privacy groups content that companies such as Google are collecting vast amounts of consumer data and are concerned that our privacy rights are being violated. In the article it states:

The order raised concerns among YouTube users and privacy advocates that the video viewing habits of tens of millions of people could be exposed. But Google and Viacom said they were hoping to come up with a way to protect the anonymity of the site’s visitors.

Viacom also said that the information would be safeguarded by a protective order restricting access to the data to outside lawyers, who will use it solely to press Viacom’s $1 billion copyright suit against Google.

Still, the judge’s order, which was made public late Wednesday, renewed concerns among privacy advocates that Internet companies like Google are collecting unprecedented amounts of private information that could be misused or fall unexpectedly into the hands of third parties.

Which makes one wonder. Why did Viacom wait to file suit after Google purchased YouTube? It seems that Viacom is looking for some ‘deep pockets’ and not concerned about their alleged copyright infringements as they contend.

But what do you think?

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