Netflix Gearing Up for Sharing Your Viewing History with Social Networks

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Netflix has just had a big legislative win with the Feds. The legislation, HR 2471, removes a decades-old federal restriction (part of the Video Privacy Protection Act) banning public disclosure of video rental records. This means that Netflix could share what movies and television shows you’ve viewed with your friends on Facebook, followers on Twitter, etc.. HR 2471 just passed in the House, and is up for vote with the Senate.

While you would need to give consent for them to share your information, we all know how companies tend to bury that consent, so that your opt-in isn’t really informed opt-in.

Netflix has, in fact, been doing this with their non-U.S. subscribers already, but the law in the U.S. stopped them from doing it state-side. The passage of HR 2471 would remove that barrier and, as we’ve said, they are already half-way there.

You can read HR 2471 here.

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