Netflix lawsuit question

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SkyFire8
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I just received the following email:
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Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information.

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.

What does the Settlement provide?

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.

Proposals from potential donation recipients will be sought, and, after consideration, recommendations will be made to the Court. A list of the proposed donation recipients will be posted on the website.

Your Options

If you do nothing, you will remain in the Settlement and your rights will be affected. If you do not want to be included, you must exclude yourself by November 14, 2012. If you exclude yourself you will keep your right to sue Netflix about the claims in this lawsuit. If you remain in the Settlement, you can object to it by November 14, 2012.

The Court will hold a hearing on December 5, 2012 to consider any objections, whether to approve the Settlement, award attorneys’ fees, and incentive award. You can appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. You can hire your own attorney, at your own expense, to appear or speak for you at the hearing.

For more information: 1-866-898-5088 www.VideoPrivacyClass.com
PO Box 2750 Faribault, MN 55021-9750

This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and any attachments thereto.
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question - if I do nothing, nothing is going to happen correct? I personally could not give a rats ass about this BS settlement and whatnot as long as there's nothing about me or my inclusion in it.

3dGameMan
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Imagine that, our privacy take away!!! In a decade or so we'll have next to no personal rights/freedoms left.

Johnbrianr
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only reason you would answer is if you wanna try to get some money out of it

eire1274
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I got this too. The deal is that Netflix is using users' preferences, likes, dislikes, etc., and selling them in much the way anonymous survey data is sold. Probably to advertising media groups and entertainment media groups, to help them fine-tune projects to what the market reacts best to.

The downside is that this information is collected and sold. The upside is that NO PERSONAL INFORMATION about the users' is being sold. This is ANONYMOUS information! And, per the TERMS OF USE on the Netflix membership, this is totally legal use of not what we watch, but how the system is used (e.g. you press 5 stars, it a] tries to find similar videos to give to you to watch, and b] flags the file as LIKED to go out to the sales group).

This lawsuit will likely be squashed. If not, and these legal sharks manage to win, expect to get a check for $0.19 just in time for Christmas shopping. Enough people are still upset about the rate change that this is the right time to try for a class action. I've opted out.

Johnbrianr wrote: only reason you would answer is if you wanna try to get some money out of it

Actually, NOT replying leaves you in. Contact is to remove yourself:

"If you do nothing, you will remain in the Settlement and your rights will be affected. If you do not want to be included, you must exclude yourself by November 14, 2012. If you exclude yourself you will keep your right to sue Netflix about the claims in this lawsuit. If you remain in the Settlement, you can object to it by November 14, 2012."

Nick McDermott