New Tech Observer

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Netflix Settlement Results in New Privacy Policy

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 02:53 PM PDT

According to the Findlaw blog, Netflix has settled a class action lawsuit that will result in $2.27m for attorneys, $30k for the two named plaintiffs, and a slightly changed privacy policy. The suit was over Netflix retaining customers viewing history and selling those data to third parties without telling customers it was engaged in this practice. As part of the settlement, Netflix has agreed to decouple subscribers viewing histories from their personal information if the customer has not been a customer for more than a year. In other words, if you subscribe to Netflix, then quit, a year later your personal information will be decoupled from your viewing history. Both sets of data will be retained indefinitely by the company.