Privacy Law Blocks Netflix-Facebook Service In US

Law360, New York (July 26, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT) -- Netflix Inc. told investors Monday that it would pair up with Facebook Inc. to offer integrated video streaming in Canada and Latin America, but said a little-used video rental privacy law would block its efforts to expand the service into the U.S.

In a letter that accompanied the company's second-quarter financial results, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Financial Officer David Wells said that the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act creates uncertainty about when rental histories can be shared online. Netflix said it supported H.R. 2471,...
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