A proposed amendment to a U.S. cyber-security bill would allow Netflix users to share information about their latest movie rentals with Facebook friends.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday filed four amendments to the bill, including one that would lift a decades-old ban against the sharing video viewing information without a consumer's express written consent.
The proposed change would update the Video Privacy Protection Act, which barred a video store (or a service like Netflix) from sharing a consumer's video rental history without written approval. Congress enacted the ban in 1988, after the Washington City Paper published a list of video rentals by Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork during the confirmation hearings.
Bork's movie preferences -- "A Day at the Races," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Ruthless People" -- weren't particularly illuminating. But the privacy breach moved Leahy to draft legislation that would prevent the disclosure of rental information unless a consumer consented specifically and in writing -- or police officers would present a warrant.