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District Court Rules Online Video Streaming Subject to VPPA Restrictions

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.