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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.
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