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Netflix Social Features to Debut Next Year

Dec 27 2012, 12:26pm CST | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Netflix Social Features to Debut Next Year
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Netflix has been pushing for modifications to existing US privacy laws that would allow it to offer social network features so consumers can share what they're watching with friends on Facebook and other networks. Netflix has announced that it will introduce social features for US users in 2013. The caveat is that the president has to sign a bill that has been approved by the Senate and House allowing the sharing.

Netflix has long wanted American users of its streaming service to have the ability to link accounts with their Facebook account and share the movies they're watching with friends online using the Netflix Facebook app. The problem was the existing Video Privacy Protection Act, which has been on the books since 1988 prohibits companies from disclosing personal information about video renters.

The law has been amended, pending presidential approval, to allow consented sharing of viewing history. Interestingly, an amendment to this bill that would have prevented law-enforcement agencies from reading e-mails without a warrant was originally approved and then with no warning cut from the finished bill.

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