A subscription to your favorite team’s email newsletter should never lead to your identity or personal information being compromised. But this is what happens to subscribers of National Football League (“NFL”) fans. The NFL and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS transmit viewer data to Facebook. Such data may include personally identifiable information, such as your unique Facebook User ID, and video data including, but not limited to, the title and location of the videos viewed. If you’d like to know if your information has been transmitted, or have any other questions, contact Mark Reich, Esq. (email@example.com) or Courtney Maccarone, Esq. (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP or submit your information in the fields.
For users of Facebook, many websites utilize temporary Facebook files stored on your computer to communicate your video watching history to Facebook, along with a unique Facebook ID which allows third parties to identify you and keep track of videos you’ve watched.
In 1988, Congress passed the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The VPPA protects against video subscription services sharing video watching history tied with other personal information which could be used to identify you. Video subscription services include websites like Hulu that utilize subscription fees to unlock content, and other types of websites that require registration for accounts, like newsletters, which are embedded with videos.
Video subscription services may be exempt from VPPA protections afforded to users if they obtain informed, written consent from users. The written consent must be in a form distinct and separate from any form setting forth other legal or financial obligations of the consumer. Put more simply, your agreement to waive VPPA protections should be an additional agreement on top of agreement to general Terms of Service.
Many websites do not properly inform and/or obtain sufficient written consent to exempt their sharing of your video watching history tied to your unique Facebook ID. Such practices may be violating your rights established under VPPA and similarly structured state protective acts.
Levi & Korsinsky, LLP is pursuing these claims against the NFL and New Orleans Saints. If you are a current or former subscriber to an NFL website or newsletter and wish to discuss your legal rights, please contact Mark Reich, Esq. (email@example.com) or Courtney Maccarone, Esq. (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP.
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