EPIC appears in court today in In re Nickelodeon, a case concerning the Video Privacy Protection Act. The privacy law bars companies from disclosing personally identifiable information about users of Internet video services. Children who watch videos on Nick.com believe that Viacom disclosed their viewing records to Google for adverting purposes. The companies dispute this, claiming that cookies and IP addresses are not personally identifiable. EPIC's "friend of the court" brief argues that the definition of personal information in the privacy law is "purposefully broad to ensure that the underlying intent of the Act--to safeguard personal information against unlawful disclosure--is preserved as technology evolves." EPIC Senior Counsel Alan Butler will represent EPIC before the court.
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