Posted July 15, 2008 9:59 am by with 8 comments

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It is now safe to return to your normal YouTube viewing habits. Viacom will not be getting its hands on your personal data.

According to the YouTube blog

We are pleased to report that Viacom, MTV and other litigants have backed off their original demand for all users’ viewing histories and we will not be providing that information.

In addition, Viacom and the plaintiffs had originally demanded access to users’ private videos, our search technology, and our video identification technology. Our lawyers strongly opposed each of those demands and the court sided with us.

So, should we celebrate the protection of our private data? Not so fast! Viacom’s not getting your data because it realized the swarm of negative publicity that would follow, not because a judge ruled it couldn’t have it.

The precedent has been set and, until challenged, will give grounds for others to request all kinds of personal data from the Google et al.

  • Seologia

    Why would YouTube be obliged to give any info away on users? They’re doing the best they can to remove copyright infringing videos. Viacom needs to take a chill pill.

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  • Nicole Price

    Phew! Thank God for that.

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  • nile

    Good Decision in right Time

  • sandhuharvey

    This is excellent news. Don’t see why they should see what we view in the first place.

  • Delphine

    I view this as good news but it’s still scary that as you pointed out, the precendent has been set.

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  • Utah SEO Pro

    Thank social media for putting it in the spotlight so heavily. It was one of the biggest stories on Digg.

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  • Travel Point

    That’s better. Otherwise we would have someone poking its nose into our private daily life habits.

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