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House: Yes to VPPA, No to ECPA Amendments

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 19, 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a measure to make it easier for consumers to share their video-viewing preferences online but did not back an e-mail privacy amendment that would require law enforcement to acquire a warrant prior to accessing electronic communications, CNET News reports. “We are pleased the House has moved to modernize the VPPA (Video Privacy Protection Act), giving consumers more freedom to share with friends when they want,” Netflix said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union’s Chris Calabrese criticized the House for not including the e-mail privacy amendment.
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