Los Angeles – Netflix (NASD: NFLX) is facing a class action lawsuit from
subscribers who say the company violates consumer privacy by retaining
information on their payment and viewing histories even after they cancel their
accounts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Filed in federal court in
California last week, the proposed class action suit alleges Netflix’s practice
violates the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, enacted to keep consumers’ movie
rental histories private.
It also alleges violations of the California Customer
Records Act, Unfair Competition Law and other statutes.
The suit seeks $2,500 in
damages per plaintiff for violation of the federal video law, and $3,000 per
plaintiff per violation of the Consumer Records Act, in addition to other