YouTube Protects User Privacy, Still Shares Logs With Viacom

July 17, 2008

YouTube has managed to reach a deal with Viacom which will allow them to protect the privacy of their users, while still following a court order to hand over user logs to Viacom.Washington (ChattahBox) – YouTube has managed to reach a deal with Viacom which will allow them to protect the privacy of their users, while still following a court order to hand over user logs to Viacom.

A federal judge ordered YouTube to hand over all user log data to Viacom as part of a $1 billion copyright lawsuit against the Google-owned video site.

The two sides have agreed to a deal to protect user privacy, and still give Viacom the data they need.

As part of the deal, YouTube will remove any personal information from the user data logs which could be harmful to users. This includes personal information such as login names, IP addresses, and more.

All will be replaced with numbers to keep everything anonymous in the logs, keeping Viacom from tracing back any information to specific users.


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