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House Approves Amendment to Video Privacy Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 7, 2011

The House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) in light of new technologies, reports Covington & Burling LLP's Inside Privacy. The amendment--H.R. 2471--clarifies certain ambiguities within the VPPA, specifically the provision that states that "video tape service providers" are not permitted to share a consumer's "video usage information without informed, written consent from the consumer given at the time the disclosure is sought," the report states. The amendment clarifies the rules around disclosure requests and consent, noting that consent may be obtained electronically via the Internet.
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