Google may conceal YouTube users' identities when it hands a database of their viewing habits to Viacom International in response to a court order, Computerworld reports. Although Google must still disclose a database logging which videos were viewed and when, it may conceal the user ID, Internet Protocol address, and visitor ID fields showing who watched them and where from, the companies agreed July 14. Instead, Google will replace these fields with unique values preserving the relationship between them but protecting users' anonymity.

Viacom filed suit against the search engine company and its video-sharing subsidiary in 2007, accusing them of

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