The NY Times covers the controversy over the Video Privacy Protection Act, a bill Netflix is supporting to enable sharing of movie information on social networking sites like Facebook. There is a bit of controversy about the bill -- some are concerned that Netflix would share all of your viewing information online, but Netflix will give customers control over what they share:
Netflix, he adds, has already introduced a feature for its subscribers in Canada and Latin America who want to share the movies and TV shows they watch with their friends on the video site and on Facebook. Netflix gives these subscribers a choice of opting out of sharing an individual film or show.
“If it is determined that consumers want more control over what they share on a granular basis,” Mr. Hyman says, “you will see that being offered as opposed to it being legislated.”
Tidbit from the story: Netflix spent $325,000 in Washington on lobbying in the first 3 quarters of 2011.
Thanks to Kurt for sending this in.