SAN FRANCISCO – A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against streaming service Mubi, claiming the company violates a federal privacy law by reporting what users view on the Mubi streaming platform to Facebook, TikTok and others, without their consent.
Plaintiff Liz Johnson filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Mubi Inc., citing allegations of invasion of privacy in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA).
According to court documents, the VPPA prohibits “video tape service providers,” such as Mubi, from knowingly disclosing to any person the personally identifiable information of their customers.
Johnson states that she was a subscriber to the defendant’s video services from October 2022 to May 2023 and viewed videos on the defendant’s streaming platform, which qualifies her as a “consumer” and “subscriber “under the VPPA.
According to Johnson, Mubi violated the VPPA by disclosing her personal viewing information and that of other digital subscribers to third-party companies, such as Facebook, X Corp. (formerly known as Twitter), and TikTok, without obtaining proper consent.
Johnson is seeking damages, restitution, injunctive relief, punitive damages, plus court costs, interest, attorney fees, and other relief. She is represented by attorneys John R. Parker Jr., David S. Almeida, Britany A. Kabakov, and Matthew J. Langley of The Almeida Law Group, of Sacramento, and Adam B. Wolf and Brandon M. Wise, of Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, of San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:23-cv-05480
Source: Northern California Record October 31, 2023