Netflix to testify on video rental privacy law

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An amendment to the law backed by Netflix passed the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Intellectual Property in December; the amendment would allow rental companies to share information on what movies users watch or recommend on sites like Facebook.

At the time, IP subpanel Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the bill reflects the reality of the current video market by allowing video providers to share information on consumers' viewing habits if they so choose. 

Firms would still need consumer's consent before sharing any information on their viewing preferences, but users would be able to provide and withdraw consent to the ongoing sharing of their favorite movies or TV shows on Web, without having to do so every time they rent a movie.