May 06, 2014

In this article, Jenner & Block Partners Mary Ellen Callahan and David R. Singer examine the implications of In re Hulu Privacy Litigation.  The authors explain that viewers of Hulu’s online streaming service claim that Hulu wrongfully disclosed their private video selections to third parties. Recently, the Northern District of California granted, in part, and denied, in part, Hulu’s motion for summary judgment – a motion rooted in  Hulu’s alleged practice of sharing video picks and anonymous user IDs with comScore, an Internet analytics company, and Facebook, the world’s largest social network.  The authors analyze the court’s reasoning and its impact on video streaming sites that incorporate Facebook’s “Like” button and share users’ video selections tied to anonymous IDs.