A US judge in San Francisco has ruled that a privacy lawsuit against Hulu will move forward. Reuters reports that in today’s ruling, US District Judge Laurel Beeler rejected the video service’s claim that in order for it to be a valid case, its viewers needed to display “actual injury”.

Beeler, however, concluded that “the statute requires only injury in the form of a wrongful disclosure” before damages might be available. She did not rule on the merits of the case.

The core issue of the class-action lawsuit is a claim that Hulu is illegally sharing its users viewing history with Facebook and market research and analytics firm comScore — a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988.

Customers in California, Illinois, and New York brought the case against Hulu and are seeking $2,500 per violation along with other compensation. They believe that Hulu willingly passed along viewing habits and behaviors to allow Facebook and comScore to advertise to them without their permission.

Hulu must face privacy lawsuit, U.S. judge rules (Reuters)

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