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Subcommittee To Discuss Amendment to Video Rental Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 26, 2012

At a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing next week, Netflix will testify on the law preventing it from sharing information on users' video rental histories. In addition to Netflix representatives, University of Minnesota Law School Prof. William McGeveran and EPIC's Marc Rotenberg will testify on the Video Privacy Protection Act. A recent amendment to the law--which has passed the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property--would allow rental companies to share users' movie preferences on sites such as Facebook, The Hill reports. Though the amendment would still require user consent for such sharing, that consent would be ongoing rather than per rental.
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