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Google Loses YouTube Privacy Battle

Posted on Jul 3, 2008
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A court has ordered Google to hand over the viewing log of every user and every video ever on YouTube. Media giant Viacom is suing Google over copyright violations, and won access to the 12 terabytes of data, but not YouTube’s source code, which it also demanded. Google has asked to anonymize the data.


Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling a “set-back to privacy rights”.

The viewing log, which will be handed to Viacom, contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details.

While the legal battle between the two firms is being contested in the US, it is thought the ruling will apply to YouTube users and their viewing habits everywhere.

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By nrobi, July 5, 2008 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

To those for whom the deception of the Bill of Rights existed until the year 2000, I must say that you have been thoroughly and completely deceived and swindled.
It is a fact that for the last 28 years the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been eroded to the point that they no longer to a president when he takes the oath of office to serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, So help him G-d. What a lie!  Nothing exists in the mind of the one taking office to do these things for.
We, the electorate of the US have given up the right to claim the privileges of those hallowed documents, for one and one reason only,  peace and security.
Benjamin Franklin, once stated that, For those whom peace and security matter neither will the Bill of Rights matter. For when you give away your rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights you are not worthy to have either.
The shrub and the neo=con cabal of grinning and obsequious toadies, have long known that the Constitution does not matter anymore. Prof. John Yoo, for whom the imperial presidency is a matter of fact and not fiction, cannot for the life of him argue that his actions were anything but legal in the face of Congressional hearings regarding his memos that authorize torture and summary death to those who are enemies of the state.
Another prime example of the decline of the Constitution, your little ears may not have heard because it was passed without much fanfare and without the usual self-congratulatory back=slapping and handshaking that accompanies something so important, is, the bill HR 1955.
This bill strips you of any rights that you may have thought you had under the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  No longer will you be able to ask for redress under the auspices of the Courts or the Court of Public Opinion. Dissent will be illegal under this bill and travel throughout this country will be at the behest and with the permission of the governmental authorities, without permission, you will be arrested and imprisoned without the right of trial, counsel or the right to know the charges that are being brought against you.  You will be imprisoned for an indeterminate length of time without being able to notify anyone that you are being held and you will be sent to the U. S. Federal Prison system in Iraq or Iran.
There is much to be learned from the treatment of the prisoners that are now detained in Guantanamo Bay and the “secret black prison sites” that are being run by the Central Intelligence Agency.
This is not fake you may look it up on the internet and do the research yourself and find that not only will you be treated in such a way as to believe that you are a terrorist, but that no longer is the right of innocent until proven guilty gone but so are all your other rights also.
Case in point, now Google has to give, by court order the viewing habits of its users to another company that is being sued but they will have to give the personal information of their users to the company so that you may be charged for the wrongs that you have done be committing the act of watching videos on You Tube.
So much for protection under the law, for we are now a nation of serious and illegal actions, taken not by criminals but the government, your government that you have elected without so much as a how do you do.

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By Allan Krueger, July 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment
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Kangaroo Court strikes again! Just whom is Google going to turn these records over to? Viacom? The innocent have nothing to fear - not in the new world order created by the NeoCONS! They are tapping your phone, reading your emails or worth! F*CK THE CONSTITUTION, LET’S ROCK!

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By Blackspeare, July 4, 2008 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

Just remember the innocent have nothing to fear——that is until “they” come after you!

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By Dcrad, July 4, 2008 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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Can anyone say “New world order”, looks like just the start of things to come, it wont be long before the gov. have eyes and ears on everything we do.

Think I’ll stop using Google so much!

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By purplewolf, July 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Troublesum, the cameras were never meant to reduce crime, they were meant to spy and intimidate the “little people, us”. That was another lie from the government, just like the lies that were used about the reason we are in Iraq.

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By troublesum, July 3, 2008 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

Those Reagan-Bush-Bush judicial appointees are just doing their part in maintaining the surveillance society.  Every aspect of our lives must be open to scrutiny by authorities who are paid by the people they spy on.  Police departments throughout the county where I live are trying to get authorization for more public surveillance cameras even though the cameras have been shown not to reduce crime.

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By ParanoidMystic, July 3, 2008 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

This is bad news.

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