Closet Lesbian is suing Netflix for privacy invasion, accusing Netflix movie rental company made it possible for her to be outed when it disclosed insufficiently anonymous information about nearly half-a-million customers as part of its $1 million contest to improve its recommendation system.
In order to get a better movie recommendation , Netflix rental company gave more than 50,000 contestants two massive datasets. The first included 100 million movie ratings, along with the date of the rating, a unique ID number for the subscriber, and the movie info. Based on this data from 480,000 customers, contestants had to come up with a recommendation algorithm that could predict 10 percent better than Netflix how those same subscribers rated other movies, The movie data and ratings, which were released without authorization or consent, have now become a permanent, public record on the Internet, A lawsuit has been filed against Netflix.
The women has joined the lawsuit , according to the complaint, since she believes that “were her sexual orientation public knowledge, it would negatively affect her ability to pursue her livelihood and support her family and would hinder her and her children’s ability to live peaceful lives.”