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Senate approves Netflix-backed amendment to video privacy law

With the president's signature, legislation will make it easier for people to share their video-viewing preferences online.

By December 20, 2012


House approves Netflix-backed changes to video privacy law

Lawmakers pass bill that will make it easier for people to share their video-viewing habits online, while failing to act on an e-mail privacy measure.

By December 18, 2012


Leahy pledges no warrantless e-mail access for feds

Privacy groups cautiously applaud, but are concerned about a requirement that would force Internet companies to notify police before letting customers know they're under surveillance.

By November 27, 2012


Senators prepare to vote on Netflix and e-mail privacy

news analysis Privacy laws written during the era of big hair and the black-and-white Macintosh SE are set to be updated. But wouldn't it be better still not to enact technology-specific laws at all?

By September 20, 2012


Senate delays Netflix, e-mail privacy fix after cops protest

The National Sheriffs' Association asked senators to "reconsider acting" on a privacy bill until a "review of its impact on law enforcement investigations is conducted." Senators obliged the boys in khaki.

By September 20, 2012


Senate to decide if Facebook users can share Netflix videos

The Senate could vote on an amendment next week that would roll back a 1988 law designed to keep one's video viewing private.

By July 27, 2012


Congress must act for U.S. Netflix, Facebook integration

Thanks to law banning dissemination of video rental records, U.S. Facebook users can't access Netflix through Facebook. But Congress is taking up new bill that would amend original law. "Mad Men" awaits.

By September 22, 2011


Netflix to offer Facebook integration (outside U.S.)

Integration between Facebook and Netflix is set to launch in the third quarter, but U.S. users won't be able to tap into it.

By July 26, 2011


Privacy lawsuits rain down on Netflix

No fewer than five suits accusing Netflix of violating privacy laws were filed in the past two months. All the suits say Netflix stores and maintains customers' personal information after service is canceled.

By March 21, 2011


Amazon wins fight to keep customer records private

Federal judge slaps down demand from North Carolina tax collectors but hints that a narrower approach may comply with the First Amendment.

By October 25, 2010