In a move denounced by many Online Privacy advocates, a NY District Court has ordered YouTube to surrender its user logs to determine which videos are watched when and by whom. This order represents a marked change in current Privacy law. The order comes in relation to Viacom's billion dollar suit against YouTube, the most popular Internet video website, which is owned by Google. Critics of the ruling claim that the order violates established statutory provisions and goes against basic common-law principles of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Further, some have warned the ruling will certainly be misused in the future, unless it is reigned in immediately. And, in response to the storm of criticism the ruling has generated, Google almost immediately created a privacy link to assuage its critics, taking viewers to a detailed description of their privacy policy.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Viacom v. YouTube Case About?
What Did Judge Stanton Rule?
Is Judge Stanton's Ruling Legal?
What is the Google Privacy Link?


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