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12-26-2012, 02:08 PM
The Senate has passed a Netflix-backed update to a bill that will allow users to share the names of videos they watch on the video service to social networks such as Facebook. The bill updates the Video Privacy Protection Act, which made it illegal for video rental businesses to disclose the titles they rent to customers.

The law was originally passed in 1998, when a newspaper published the rental records of then-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

"We are pleased the Senate has moved quickly to modernize the VPPA, giving consumers more freedom to share with friends when they want," Netflix spokesman Joris Evers said in a statement. "After the president signs the bill, we will introduce social features for our U.S. members in 2013."