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Back in February, Netflix filed an agreement to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it had violated its customers’ privacy by keeping records of its subscribers’ viewing habits years after they cancelled their service. A federal judge has finally granted preliminary approval of the settlement.

The U.S. District Court judge said the settlement “compares favorably” with those of other consumer privacy cases involving such companies and Google and Facebook. The settlement also calls for Netflix to “decouple” its subscribers’ rental histories from other identifying data one year after Netflix service is canceled.

The hearing to consider final approval of the settlement terms will be held on December 5. Where do you stand on consumer privacy when it comes to providers of entertainment–should companies be allowed to retain your data under any circumstances after you’ve left the service?

[via Reuters]

15 Responses to “Federal Judge Approves Netflix Privacy Lawsuit Settlement”

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    Danofive0 [visitor]

    When you leave, they should dump it. But none of them do. They sell it off.

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    Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]

    I can’t wait to get my share of the settlement!

    Maybe it could be used for ONE, perhaps TWO, rebox rentals! ;)

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    Christina [visitor]

    I want to know where I sign up to get my share, since I know Netflix won’t send me my money directly…

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      Danofive0 [visitor]

      Hi,
      You had to fill out a form over a year ago. And send it back in.
      They asked if you wanted a WalMart gift card are a check.
      It will still be next year IF, and I mean IF people get anything?
      Don’t count on much!
      Be well.
      DanoFive0

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    theresa [visitor]

    they should have to dump it. it is no use to them anyways. netflix should have to mail the money directly to us without us haveing to fill out a form. they have our addresses so they know who should be getting the refunds.

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    Donicus [visitor]

    The government will get the money, not us.

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    movie podcast [visitor]

    Generally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, quite great article.

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    Danofive0 [visitor]

    Good luck getting much of anything out of this. If anything at all.
    I did fill out the form. Time will tell.
    Be well all.

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    cheryl Brotschul [visitor]

    netflix should be keep to retain your information if they want to try to market you but never be able to sell your information to any one.

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    Antonio [visitor]

    What if I dont want to have nothing to do with this? Or should I?

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    Greg [visitor]

    I got an email today about this settlement on privacy law and it states I have til November 14th 2012 to file a claim to opt out of the case so i can pursue my own law suit other wise if i dont do anything then I wont get any cash or gift card from settlement.

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    Greg [visitor]

    Its funny everyone involved in this who actually paid netflix gets sh*t but the lawyers and courts get thousands and then they say the rest goes to non profit company’s. Ha bunch of garbage if you ask me. We the people who paid should be getting the big cut not the court and lawyers.

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    Greg [visitor]

    I also read that they gave our info to wal mart or something like that and all of our info was either sold or gave away and not just names number and emails we are talking personal info credit cards emails and any other vital info we gave to them. I just got this email i never knew any of this was going on and i was with netflix for over a year and a half. Now I know where all this spam comes from on my personal email which is hardly used.