The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it easier for people to share their video viewing habits on Facebook, even as it failed to take action on a broader email privacy law.
The amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act would allow companies like Netflix to obtain a blanket consent from consumers before sharing information with their Facebook friends about what movies or TV shows they're watching.
It updates a 1988 law enacted in the wake of Judge Robert H. Bork's contentious Supreme Court nomination hearings, when a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C., published the judge's video rental history.
The change to the video privacy law requires a full vote of the Senate before the new rules would take effect. The same measure was approved last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee -- minus a provision that would have restricted the government's access to some emails that can now be obtained without a warrant.