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updated 12/7/2011 7:53:44 PM ET 2011-12-08T00:53:44

It may not be much longer before there's an easier way for Netflix's U.S. subscribers to share their tastes in movies on Facebook.

Netflix has developed a feature that would automatically connect what's being watched on its Internet video service with Facebook's social network. Subscribers would still be given control over whether they wanted that to happen.

But a 1988 law forbids the disclosure of video rental records.

Netflix says it's time to rewrite a law drawn up in an age of VHS tapes.

This week, the House passed legislation that would allow a merchant to share viewing records with a customer's consent. Most importantly to Netflix, the authorization can be made online. It still needs the backing of the U.S. Senate to become law.

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