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Concerns Persist Over VPPA Changes

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 12, 2011

Privacy advocates are voicing concerns about potential changes to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The New York Times reports that Netflix is supporting a bill that passed in the House of Representatives last week to amend the VPPA to "allow consumers to give one-time blanket consent online for a company to share their viewing habits continuously." However, privacy advocates including Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center are concerned the new legislation will result in users' losing the ability to select how they share specific information. "They are not trying to modernize the law," Rotenberg said. "They are trying to gut the law." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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