Headed to Obama's desk at last: Facebook-Netflix sharing legislation

Who says that Congress can’t get anything done? It’s not the budget we were hoping for, but the House and Senate have managed to pass legislation clearing the way for Netflix users to automatically share their movie viewing activity on Facebook. (Insert golf-clap sound effect here.)

Why, exactly, does it take the president’s signature to allow people to post their Netflix activity? The Video Privacy Protection Act, passed in 1988 — after the Washington City Paper published Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s rental history — prohibits video rental services from sharing their customers’ rental activity without their written consent. The amended legislation requires Netflix and similar services to provides a “clear and conspicuous” option to opt out.

The bill was not without controversy, however. Language requiring the government to secure probable-cause warrant to obtain “cloud-based” email was removed from the Senate version of the bill. The fight over warrantless searches will continue, but for now, representatives are declaring the new legislation a victory for consumers. Will they see it the same way?

  • Bob Smooper

    I bet you all watched Palin’s wretched reality tv series which she produced after abandoning her state in the pursuit of more profits.

    • mickeyco

      You really have only one note don’t you? Merry Christmas anyway.

      • Bob Smooper

        She quit before her term was up! There is no way to spin it other than she didn’t see it through! She abandoned her state to make more money!

        • Saint_Zero

          There’s a great reason she quit. Go look it up.

          • Bob Smooper

            I have now changed my position and fully support her!

    • journogal

      A little bit obsessed, aren’t you? Palin can’t do anything to you, do you realize that? She is a private citizen. Kind of frightening that you continue to bring her up. Get some help over the holidays.

  • Hiraghm

    Once again, the “if it’s not permitted it must be forbidden” mentality. That we can’t take a breath without the government’s approval.

  • http://twitter.com/blogbat מרטין

    So now the boss can see that after you called in sick with the flu, you watched three entire seasons of CSI. That should end well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    oh dear lord