Atlanta-based US District Court Judge Eleanor Ross dismissed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that CNN’s iPhone app wrongly sends information about users to the analytics company Bango, reports MediaPost.
The lawsuit stemmed from Ryan Perry’s alleging that CNN violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act.
He alleged that CNN sent Bango information about the clips that iPhone users watch, along with their 12-digit Media Access Control addresses.
The judge ruled that Perry wasn’t a “consumer” for purposes of the video privacy law. “Plaintiff has not alleged that he did anything other than watch video clips on the CNN App, which he downloaded onto his iPhone for free,” she wrote. “There is no indication that he had any ongoing commitment or relationship with defendants, such that he could not simply delete the CNN App without consequences.”