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posted by July 3 at 14:19 PMon
A federal judge in New York has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom a database linking users of YouTube, the Web’s largest video site by far, with every clip they have watched there.
The order raised concerns among users and privacy advocates that the online video viewing habits of tens of millions of people could be exposed.
For every video on YouTube, the judge required Google to turn over to Viacom the login name of every user who watched it, and the address of their computer, known as an I.P., or Internet protocol, address.
Don’t worry, though!
Google and Viacom said they had had discussions about ways to ensure the data is further protected to assure anonymity.
Whew! That was close.