Obama signs bill to let Facebook users share Netflix videos

{mosads}Netflix and other companies argued the law was dated and that users should be able to share their viewing habits with their friends without having to manually approve each video.

The House and Senate approved H.R. 6671, the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act, late last year without objection.

When the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on an earlier version of the bill in November, Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) attached legislation that would have required police to obtain a warrant before reading people’s emails, Facebook messages and other forms of electronic communication.

But Republicans expressed concern that the language would hamper police investigations, and the Senate eventually approved a version of the bill without Leahy’s warrant protections.

The Democratic senator is expected to push for the email privacy protections again this Congress.

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