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Blockbuster Beacon, Privacy and Contracts Go To Court

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10:16 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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As reported at The Register:

A federal judge has given the green light to a lawsuit brought against video giant Blockbuster over its use of Facebook's privacy-destroying "Beacon" ad system.

A year ago, a Texas woman named Cathryn Elaine Harris sued Blockbuster after it used Beacon to share her movie rentals with her so-called Facebook friends. The suit seeks class-action status, and as MediaPost reports, US District Court Judge Barbara Lynn ruled that the case can go to court - even though Blockbuster's online terms and conditions insist that disputes can't be brought to court and that users must waive their right to class-action suits.

[theregister.co.uk...]

Further into the article is commentary that online contracts may be examined for validity.

11:55 pm on Apr 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would have thought that waiving your right to take a dispute to court is fairly unreasonable, and hence not allowed on that basis?