No More Archived Histories and Queues

Netflix, as part of a settlement over privacy violations alleged in a class action brought last year, has agreed to delete users’ video history and queue data within 1 year of their termination of hte service.

Last year, the class action lawsuit was brought, accusing Netflix of violating the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which makes it illegal for video rental services to disclose viewers’ video habits without written consent.   Netflix recently settled the lawsuit for $9 million.

The VPPA has been a relic of the Reagan era, being signed into law after Reagan’s Supreme Court nominee Robert had his video rental history leaked and published. 

So, Netflix users, once you cancel your Netflix accounts, from now on, Netflix will delete your vidoe rental history and queue history within a year after your cancellation.