Netflix agrees to delete former users' video history

Netflix settles class-action privacy lawsuit and agrees to delete data showing past customers' movie rental history.

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World |  Security, Netflix, privacy

The VPPA was passed in 1988, after the video rental history of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork was leaked and published. Though Bork's video history was "unremarkable" and contained such titles as "A Day at the Races" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much," the VPPA was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

In 2009, Netflix also found itself at the center of controversy regarding the VPPA when it tried to execute a research contest that involved disclosing demographic and behavioral data of individuals. Though the disclosed data was technically anonymous, it was determined that the data could be used to identify individuals.

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