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Netflix-Backed Bill on Video Disclosure Passed by U.S. House

U.S. House lawmakers passed legislation backed by Netflix Inc. that would ease a 1988 law barring disclosure of movie-rental history without a customer’s written permission.

The House bill, H.R. 2471, passed today in a 303-116 vote. The measure would let consumers give one-time online consent to the release of their rental data, clearing the way for U.S. implementation of a deal that Los Gatos, California-based Netflix signed with Facebook Inc. in September. The Senate has yet to introduce its version of the bill.