Facebook and Netflix Pair Up, But Not in U.S.
SOCIAL NETWORKINGSeptember 23, 2011
At Facebook's f8 conference yesterday, Netflix announced that it will integrate its video streaming services with Facebook, allowing users to watch videos--and see what their friends are watching--on Facebook. The service will be available in 44 countries, not including the U.S., where the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) prevents the disclosure of video sales and rentals, reports The Washington Post. Netflix executives are chiding the law for being outdated, saying "it is ambiguous when and how a user can give permission for his or her video viewing data to be shared." According to the Netflix government affairs director, some members of U.S. Congress have proposed legislation to allow users to make this choice. (Registration may be required to access this story.)