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?