Thursday, March 29, 2012
Law VS. Technology
In today's fast past world technology is part of are everyday life, and that has become a problem to lawmakers and has changed how we interpret old laws that were put in place before technology was so main stream. I came across information about Netflix, and Facebook, and with the popularity of both services why has there been no app that combines the two services. And that all has to do with a very old law from the 1980's the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). This has to do with video service providers, disclosing its customers personally identifiable information. Under VPPA the customer must provide written consent for any information to be shared publicly. But Netflix has been able to make the system work for them, were there largest rival Hulu now has a Facebook app. It is unclear how they were able to get past VPPA but it could end up being a major blow to Netflix. Were this is just one case of a company trying to progress into markets that are still new to having this level of information being stored and shared and how are future legislator's interpret cases like this will effect how connected are daily life's will be.