VideoPrivacyClass.com brings Class action lawsuit against Netflix
A lot of past and present users of Netflix believe that the Netflix service sucks; but a new class action lawsuit web site will hopefully quiet down some of the white noise against the online movie rental provider.
VideoPrivacyClass.com was launched to provide information about the class action lawsuit, and the rights of several hundred thousand Netflix users:
A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong.
Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been a Netflix subscriber for at least 365 days, with some exceptions.
In addition, Netflix will pay $9 million into a Settlement Fund to:
- Make donations to Court-approved not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or programs.
- Pay notice and settlement administration expenses.
- Pay attorneys’ fees of up to 25% or $2.25 million of the Settlement Fund, plus up to $25,000 in expenses.
- Pay a total incentive award of $30,000 to the Named Plaintiffs
It’s interesting to see that the domain itself does not include the brand, Netflix, as its part. More information about the lawsuit that was filed on July 5th, can be found here [PDF link].
As former Netflix users, we received the information via our registered Netflix email and intend to be part of the class. The settlement fund will be used to make donations to not-for-profit organizations. Class members will not receive payments.