Netflix Facebook Sharing Bill Clears Senate, Waiting For Obama’s OK ⇒

Peter Kafka reporting for All Things D on a bill that would allow Netflix users’ to automatically post their viewing habits to social media:

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would give the video service the go-ahead to facilitate “frictionless sharing” of users’ viewing history with Facebook or other online services.

Music services like Rdio and Spotify currently offer sharing like this, but Netflix can’t make the leap in the U.S. because of the Video Privacy Protection Act from 1988.

The only reason that bill ever made it into law was because Congress was scared shitless after a reporter at a D.C. alt-weekly got ahold of the rental history of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, who passed away earlier this week.