Netflix would like to buddy up with Facebook, but a 1988 law called the Video Privacy Protection Act, which makes it illegal to publish customers’ rental history, prevents it from doing so. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings noted the legal roadblock at Facebook’s f8 conference Thursday, and the company publicly asked customers for support.
On the Netflix Blog, the company said it has some home in the form of H.R. 2471, a bill Netflix says “would allow you to make this choice” of whether to let Facebook and Netflix get it on.
From the post:
We’ll continue to look at these issues and find ways to bring you the easy, convenient and quality experiences you have come to expect, including ways to automatically share with your friends on Facebook.