In the past years many music and movie services have integrated with the social networking service Facebook. This integration service allows facebook users to see the music as well as videos which we stream. In Michigan the Pandora users filed a court case against Pandora for publicizing and sharing their stations, online listening habits as well as other information related to them on Facebook without user consent as a part of the Facebook’s integration service.
The Plaintiffs/litigants led by the legal representative Peter Deacon, claimed that Pandora is violating the Video Rental Privacy Act of Michigan by broadcasting this information online for anyone to see. As per the 1988 law the merchants renting or advertising the music, videos and books are not permitted to disclose/reveal these purchases to anybody other than the customer. The claim made also states that Pandora has violated the Michigan’s customer law by integrating the consumer account with facebook without their consent.
The Facebook integration was announced by Pandora at Facebook’s F8 developers meeting conducted in April 2010. Complainants are demanding $5,000 in respite against the first violation and another sum of $5,000 for customers whose accounts are merged with the social networking website.
Facebook is carrying out same type of integration deals with various other rival music services which includes Spotify, Slacker and Rdio. In concern to the integration services announced Spotify has enabled a Private listening option to its service that allows user to keep their listening habits confidential from the facebook network friends.