A federal magistrate has ruled that the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), a federal statute that restricts “video tape service providers” from disclosing information about their customers’ viewing habits, applies to online streaming video providers. This is the first time that the VPPA, enacted in 1988 in response to the disclosure of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s video rental records, has been found to apply to streaming video services.
Should Congress exercise control over the types of information people can share in social media and whether they can share certain categories of information automatically? In an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hogan Lovells privacy leader Chris Wolf addresses the issue of whether Congress should pass a law restricting the manner in which individuals might choose to share information on the streaming videos they watch through social media. The piece is summarized here, along with a link to Chris’ related Senate testimony.