Sony Pictures Entertainment and Crunchyroll settled a class action suit with plaintiffs who claimed that the streaming platform disclosed users’ personal information to third parties such as Facebook, Google Analytics, and Adobe Analytics, in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The defendant (Crunchyroll) denied that it violated any law but has agreed to the settlement to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with continuing the case. This makes Crunchyroll users in the United States eligible for a compensation of approximately 30$ if they:
- were registered users on the website, mobile app, or any video-on-demand service or app owned, controlled, and/or operated by Crunchyroll between September 8, 2020, and September 20, 2023
- viewed videos on an online website, mobile app, or any video-on-demand service or app owned, controlled, and/or operated by Crunchyroll
Users who fulfill the criteria above must submit a claim form by December 12, 2023. It’s worth noting that the Crunchyroll settlement amount could be more or less than 30$, depending on the situation. The class action was filed by Salvador Beltran on October 8, 2022. In January of this year, a second named plaintiff, Eli Gross, was added. According to the court documents, both parties agreed to discuss the situation and eventually accepted the settlement as a favorable decision.
Source: Crunchyroll Settlement Agreement