Privacy Update - January 2013


In This Update:

- Video Privacy Protection Act Amended to Allow Sharing of Online Viewing Histories Through Social Media Platforms

- New State Laws Prohibit Employers From Requesting Social Media Passwords From Employees and Applicants

- Data Processing Can Now Use Binding Corporate Rules for Transferring Personal Data.

- California Attorney General Issues Guidelines for Mobile App Privacy.

- Members of Congress Begin Push to Reform Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

- End Notes.

- Excerpt from Video Privacy Protection Act Amended to Allow Sharing of Online Viewing Histories Through Social Media Platforms:

President Obama recently signed into law an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (VPPA) that will allow users of online video streaming and rental services to share their viewing histories through social media platforms after providing a single informed, written consent to the video service. Until the amendment was passed, the VPPA prevented any automatic sharing of video viewing preferences unless video services had first obtained informed, written consent for each video shared — a prohibitively burdensome requirement.

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