October 19, 2007 Alfred Branch Jr.
The New England Patriots have won a bid to get the names of every fan who has bought or sold or attempted to buy or sell tickets to home games through ticket reseller StubHub!, a move that one technology group is criticizing as an invasion of privacy, according to the Associated Press.
The Patriots won’t say what they plan to do with the names, but in a lawsuit filed last year against StubHub!, the team said it could seek to revoke season tickets of people who use StubHub to violate the team’s rules against reselling tickets for a profit and the state’s rarely enforced anti-scalping law, which restricts ticket markups to $2 above face value, plus some service charges.
A Massachusetts Superior Court judge this summer granted the Patriots’ request to force San Francisco-based StubHub! to turn over the names of 13,000 people who have used StubHub, a subsidiary of eBay and one of the country’s largest ticket resellers.