HBO accused in class action of violating federal law for sharing viewing history with Facebook

The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), passed in 1988 to protect personal data of Blockbuster and VHS rental customers, has recently been used in suits against streaming services including Hulu, AMC and ESPN. Now, a federal class action suit out of New York accuses HBO of violating the VPPA because it shares customer lists with Facebook, which can subsequently use the HBO data and Facebook’s profile data to ascertain customer viewing habits.