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President Signs VPPA Amendment

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 11, 2013

President Barack Obama has signed an amendment to the 1998 Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), CNET News reports. The signing of HR 6671 allows social media users to opt in to allow video rental companies to share information about their viewing preferences. Previously, the VPPA required consumers’ written consent or a police warrant before such data could be shared. Netflix, among other companies, had argued the law was dated. It was passed after a Supreme Court nominee’s video-rental history was published during his 1998 nomination process, inciting outrage from members of Congress.
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