Thursday, December 8, 2011

Congress May Update the Video Privacy Protection Act

Congress may update the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act because Netflix wants to build a Facebook application that may enable consumers to more easily share their movie choices and opinions. HR2471 may only benefit Netflix, Facebook, and third parties who may access the data. Netflix and Facebook users can already share their movie likes and dislikes online without any new legislation. Therefore, is there a reason to weaken a law that has protected the privacy of those living in the United States for more than 20 years?

As we have seen over and over again, data breaches occur frequently so it would be prudent to study this issue before passing a law that may have unintended side effects. Should Congress weaken a law that protects the personal privacy of more than 300 million people in the United States?

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