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?

Comments welcome.


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  • George

    I hate viacom. They are the #1 example I know of big businesses ruining the little guy. Although, google certainly isn’t the little guy, I’m talking about the average viewer on youtube. Who cares about copyright? Not me, I hate it. Then again, I’ve never made anything that anyone has ever wanted to buy. :)

  • Ryan

    I think that it’s worth noting that Google’s lawyers went to bat to protect the users personal information by removing it from the papers it filed with the court.

    Had this been Microsoft or Yahoo, they would have just forked it right on over.

    So even though Google’s request was denied, you have to give them credit for going to bat for their user, and that’s the reason why you NEVER want Microsoft Live to succeed, there’s a difference between compliance and bending over.

  • http://Sn0vv.vom Sn0vv

    Everytime I turn around some company is sueing for copyright this and that…..I have no doubt in my mind that ppl are doing these illegal activities….but I am sorry MR bigshot company get with the times and adapt to what the consumer wants…… stop thinking of your stockholders

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