Netflix Wants to Change Video Privacy Laws, So Friends Can See What You Watched

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As if waking up to an email asking, “How Was the Picture Quality of TRON: Legacy” wasn’t enough of a reminder of your low-brow late night streaming habits, Netflix now is exploring out a new way to expose what you’re actually watching when you pretended to be deeply engrossed in Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.

The New York Times reports that Netflix is backing a bill in Congress that aims to alter the Video Privacy Protection Act. That law, enacted back in 1988, requires video services companies to get written consent from a customer before disclosing information like rental history. The new bill, however, would let consumers give a “one-time blanket consent online” to let a company continuously share what they watched on Facebook, for example. Read More