A federal judge in Alabama refused to dismiss the personal lawsuit of a woman who claims Cable One worked with advanced advertising company NebuAd to improperly monitor her Internet use back in 2007.
U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala did throw out a class-action claim initiated by Leisha Reaves, ruling that the March 2011 filing of that complaint came too late based on a two-year statute of limitations for federal wiretapping laws.
However, the judge ruled that the clock on Reaves' personal case stopped in November 2008, when an earlier lawsuit was filed against NebuAd, Cable One and five other broadband service providers. That suit was ultimately settled for $2.4 million.
Reaves sued Cable One and its NebuAd for alleged violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Cable One stands accused of funneling data about the Internet use of its customers to NebuAd.
Browsing histories, file downloads and emails from about 14,000 Cable One customers in Alabama were included in the "indiscriminate diversion" of Internet traffic to NebuAd's spyware, the suit says.
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