Friday, December 28, 2012

GOP Changes Law for Netflix, Keeps Big Brother. (VIDEO)

"Congress just passed a bill that lets you share your Michael Bay movie marathon with everyone on Facebook. What you still can't do: send an email without worrying that Big Brother is watching.

The "Netflix amendment" to the Video Privacy Protection Act is headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature after it was unanimously passed by the Senate on Dec. 20. The bill was crafted to let the movie rental giant allow users to share their online viewing habits on social networking sites like Facebook. Privacy protections imposed after Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork had his video rental history exposed in 1987 had prohibited users from doing that."*

Congress passed "the Netflix amendment" to the Video Privacy Protection Act, allowing the company to share people's viewing history. When the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee wanted to attach a plan to stop warrant-less email peeping...Republicans were less enthusiastic. Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

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