Now showing online: Your movie history

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2012 - 11:04 PM

Users' online viewing is latest privacy battleground.

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jugglerJan. 31, 1211:45 PM

A simple solution - don't connect your Netflix or other movie accounts to Facebook. This is a personal choice. And hey, Facebook users, take a few minutes to learn about privacy protection settings. It works.

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softwareFeb. 1, 12 2:50 AM

How about not needing a Facebook page? this must be the nuts generation. I read the other day about a burglar who got caught because he took time to check his Facebook page on his victim's computer. What's next? Putting your bank account information on your Facebook page? Crazy.

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bizsmithFeb. 1, 12 4:56 AM

Another aspect of the "big brother" internet.

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mjcmspFeb. 1, 12 9:45 AM

Exactly why I avoid 'connecting' any 3rd party services to facebook. Not only do I not want my privacy invaded, but I feel it takes a certain level of narcissism that I don't have to feel the need to share every little thing I do. In people's defense though some services are getting to the point that it's hard to even set them up without 'connecting' them to your facebook and they are getting even more cunning in their methods to convince people to 'connect' with facebook.

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amyj1001Feb. 1, 1210:01 AM

I use Facebook for very limited and specific purposes. I do not connect any of my other accounts with FB (for privacy reasons), but if I could be sure that I was able to opt-in/opt-out for every "share", I would connect accounts with FB. There are times when I watch a movie that I want to share about because I liked it, and if Netflix and FB could make that easy with a "share" button AFTER seeing a movie, that would be great. But there's no way I'd connect my Netflix and FB accounts if they had a one-time/blanket opt-in for sharing.

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takebackusaFeb. 1, 12 1:03 PM

Facebook will mark the beginning of the end of civilization. As Bill Maher said, "Use Facebook only for its intended purpose, seeing how fat your exes have gotten!" Thank you Sen Franken for trying to do something to stop the madness!

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mouthwashFeb. 1, 12 2:45 PM

This is the kind of problem that arises when 20- or 30-somethings become rich corporate executives and try to engage in creative management that should be performed by people from an earlier generation. A mature Netflix would have realized at the outset that privacy issues would flare up after they decided to push online viewing rather than their less-invasive, more-physical-less-virtual, through-the-mail dvd shipping method. In fact, the Big Brother aspect, along with the physical-awkwardness-of-a-procured-online-connection-factor, are probably the main reasons Netflix and similar companies are having so much financial trouble lately and have had to raise prices.

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