Viacom knows your every move on YouTube. Get used to it.

Judge Protects YouTube’s Source Code, Throws Users To The Wolves over at TechCrunch is the story I’m going to be talking about.

You know those Terms of service that you agree to when signing up for a service that says they keep your history and consider it an asset to the company? Well, a judge is making Google hand over your individual histories to Viacom. If you remember, Google and Viacom are in the middle of a billion dollar lawsuit over the uploading of copyrighted materials.

Here’s a quote:

That data includes every YouTube username, the associated IP address and the videos that user has watched on YouTube

When a judge makes an order like this it sets a precedent. I am now expecting to see more cases of a company turning over all user records to big media in copyright cases, so whatever privacy you thought you had online on these services, you can forget it.

As soon as the first lawsuit comes out over Facebook and Facebook is ordered to turn over all user histories, this will become a giant privacy issue. For some reason, people don’t think knowing that you watched both the Charlie unicorn and baby finger biting videos is a big deal.

2 thoughts on “Viacom knows your every move on YouTube. Get used to it.”

  1. I agree. Many people may not be concerned but if you consider the bigger picture, this is definitely a cause for concern. When any company/government agency tracks your movements, invariably this will be abused. This is a risk for each of us personally and an invasion of privacy. Viacom wants this data undoubtedly to market to us more effectively…something most of us wish to avoid. More importantly however, an actual company, in this case Viacom, will know what we’re watching, when we’re watching it, and how often…which is scary as hell. We’ve known this was coming for years. Nevertheless, it’s still shocking that a judge is allowing this to happen.

  2. Not only is a judge allowing it, the judge is FORCING it.

    We’ve seen this quite a bit with the larger companies online. AOL released search data, Google turned over data on dissidents in China and now Google has to turn over used data to Viacom.

    Now the realization is setting in that the security threat from Google isn’t Google, but it’s the ability for other companies to order the government to do their bidding AGAINST Google.

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