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Netflix Accused Of Violating Rental Privacy Law

March 30, 2011 by  

Netflix accused of violating rental privacy lawPopular DVD rental service Netflix has been accused of violating a Federal law that prohibits retailers from disclosing rental and sales records.

According to media reports, former Netflix subscriber Michael Sevy filed a lawsuit on March 18, alleging that the company is retaining sales records of customers who have canceled their memberships. He claims that Netflix is in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act, which was approved in 1988 after former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork's video rental history was leaked to the press.

CNET.com recently reported that four similar lawsuits have been filed against Netflix in the last two months.

In response to the legal allegations, the company has canceled a contest that aimed to improve its movie recommendation services, according to The Associated Press. It was a follow-up to a previous challenge that encouraged users to come up with their own recommendation system by using real customer data.

Although no names were provided, critics of Netflix claim that enough information was disclosed to identify subscribers, the media outlet reported.

According to The Hill, the video rental company has built a lobbying presence on Capitol Hill in recent months. Along with other consumer groups, including Free Press, Public Knowledge and Consumers Union, Netflix is fighting legislation that supports overage fees on Internet users who access high volumes of data.

The company, which also offers online video streaming, is concerned that these regulations could hinder business growth. 

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  • Mick

    I know that I am off topic but I am sick and tired to constantly seing BigBadJohn lying through his teeth to try to influence the rest of us to his way of thinking, so I am posting this on every articles the personal Liberty puts out, if people don’t like it ………OH WELL.

    Mick says:
    March 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

    BigBadJohn says:
    March 29, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Here we go again….

    Old Henry

    Bush inherited a 100 billion dollar deficit and turned it into a 1.5 TRILLION dollar deficit – a 1500% increase.

    Obama inherited a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit and turned it into a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit. Approximately a 30% increase.

    Obama is not/has not been near as destructive as Bush and the republicans
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    OK BigBadJohn ! Why don’t you stop been a good lefty for once and start telling the truth, quit lying to try to prove a point.
    if people really want to know what’s going on with the Budget go to……..

    http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

    The data for the total public debt outstanding is published each business day. If there is no debt value for the date(s) you requested, the value for the preceding business day will be displayed.

    ( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

    Date Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding

    Here are the treasury direct figures for when Bush took over UntilObama took over

    01/19/2001 5,727,776,738,304.64 Bush takes over

    8 YEARS

    01/20/2009 10,626,877,048,913.08 Obama take over

    Now from January 20 2009 and present time under Obama

    01/20/2009 10,626,877,048,913.08 Jan 20, 2009

    2 YEARS , 2 month and 8 days, Damn it people start doing the math and begin to see clearly.

    03/28/2011 14,211,567,662,931.23 march 28, 2011

    For people interested at seing the daily report on OUR DEBT I would suggest that you go and (I repeat) to the TREASURY DIRECT site, punch in the dates you want to verify and it will give you the debt to the penny,may I also suggest you forward this site to many of your friends and family regardless of their party affiliation, some of them just might wake the hell up.
    Have a good day…

    • Dennis

      Mick
      Find a site you can agree with rather than just writing the same reply to every article.

      • Mick

        Dennis says:
        March 30, 2011 at 9:34 am
        Mick
        Find a site you can agree with rather than just writing the same reply to every article.
        *********************
        Dennis,,i don’t do that often but when it concern the deficit everyone should know where it stands and how it’s growing, you may not be interested in it but many are so i will spread this bit of information with the site so folks will be more knowledgable of what’s really going on…….

      • http://?? Joe H.

        dennis,
        i think that any lie that people may start to believe should be proven to be a lie, don’t you??? If the ability is there, do it MICK!!!

  • Laura

    Ok so who are we bashing bush or obama?

    • Mick

      Laura says:
      March 30, 2011 at 9:52 am
      Ok so who are we bashing bush or obama?

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Little bit of both Laura, little bit of both……….

  • JoMama

    Dennis, Mick & Laura -

    They are ALL corrupt!! ALL of them – even the “good” guys.

  • Stan Smith

    I don’t rent! I just only buy DVD’s & Blu-Rays

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Stan,
      I don’t support hollywood, I go to the library!!!

      • 45caliber

        I support the authors – I buy the books.

  • http://com i41

    Onumnutt administration is loaded down with the most anti American group of domestic terrorists of any prez. He said he was a muslim, beleived in a marxist/communist form of dictatorship. Total government control of everything, only experince he ever had was a community agitator skilled at shake downs on companies and businesses. His closest friends were known anti-USA socialists and all beleived in economic redisturbution, no matter if you busted your hump or flogged the log every day doing nothing productive. Has always lived off of someone elses dime, he has been a kept slub by a sheik and Soros. The only core values of Onumnutts is anything anti-American, marxist/communist dictator ship run country is the best design for everyone. He was a queer beleiver before”switchig” sides. Think he is the bright bulb compared to everyone else on this planet, but bowes like a wipped b–ch to dictators and anything not American. Any information he can dispense to our enemies is totally Ok to him and his freak adminstration, who beleive in living under UN mandates.

  • 45caliber

    From this article, I’m not exactly sure of where the problem is or even what is the problem.

    Is Netflix releasing info on individuals? If so, wrong! Is Netflix releasing data on things such as which movie is rented more often? No problem.

    What is it?

  • http://com i41

    Just more info that is collected by the socialist loons who monititor what people watch and gravitiate towards. Which by the article if it is private info it would be on the individual that rents and subscribes to the movies.

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