Video Privacy Protection Act Lawsuits
The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) was introduced and became law in 1988. The VPPA regulates how video content services disclose their consumers’ personal information: “A video tape service provider may disclose personally identifiable information concerning any consumer […] to any person with the informed, written consent of the consumer given at the time the disclosure is sought.”
Established in 1988, today under VPPA, online video providers need consent from consumers before sharing their personal information. However, many websites improperly shared information from their online visitors with Facebook / Meta. These visitors may be entitled to $2,500 in statutory damages.
Websites that are online video providers and shared customers’ information with Facebook / Meta include (but are not limited to):
- beIN Sports
- FITE TV
- NWA All Access
- Yoga International
If you have an active Facebook account and have used at least one of the above websites or streaming services while logged into your Facebook account, you should contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4827 for a FREE Consultation.
VPPA Lawsuits | What you should know
When the Video Privacy Protection Act was signed into law in 1988, streaming services and websites with video content were still in the distant future. Once it became clear that the VPPA needed to be adapted to current times, an amendment act was introduced in 2012. HR 6671 became public law in 2013.
The Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012 clarified that “a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet.”
Even with the option to obtain the consumer’s consent through the internet, some websites allegedly chose to share their consumer’s personal information with Facebook / Meta without their permission. Consumers include people with paid or free subscriptions.
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