Google has enough data to pull you out of the crowd

If you’re anything like me – nothing to be proud of, I know – you probably spend your idle moments surfing the crucible of modern life that is YouTube. In just a few short years it’s gone from being a niche video website to the basic staple of online entertainment.It’s worth pointing out, then, that if you’re a YouTube user you will soon have your personal information handed over by YouTube’s owner, Google, to the American broadcasting company Viacom. As part of Viacom’s $1bn lawsuit alleging that YouTube encourages piracy, a US judge has ordered that the millions of unique internet addresses, email accounts and viewing histories of the site’s users will be made available to Viacom lawyers.

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