Professor: Netflix-Backed Amendment Risks Intellectual Privacy
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.May 10, 2012
A COMPUTERWORLD blog discusses a proposed amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act that would allow consumers to give one-time, blanket consent for their viewing preferences to be disclosed by a "videotape service provider" and for that consent to be obtained via the Internet. Netflix supports the amendment, which passed the House in 2011. But a professor at Washington University School of Law says the amendment compromises "intellectual privacy," which allows individuals to use various mediums--such as books, movies and websites--to interpret the world without fear of being judged.