House Panel Clears Netflix-Backed Privacy Bill

Law360, New York (October 14, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT) -- The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill supported by Netflix Inc. that amends a privacy law to let consumers consent to having their video rental data released, a move that could allow Netflix to link user accounts to Facebook.

The Video Privacy Protection Act bars video rental services from releasing customers' viewing histories. Congress passed the law in 1988, prompted by U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. During the hearings, a Washington newspaper published Bork's rental records from a video...
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