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Netflix wants to help you hide your embarrassing viewing habits from your family

July 21st, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Netflix Feature: Privacy Mode

Netflix appears to be interested in offering a new privacy-enhancing feature to its subscribers, GigaOm reports, which would be a private viewing mode that will help users hide their history from their Netflix timeline, so that other users who have access to the same account can’t see it.

“At Netflix we continuously test new things,” Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said. “In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in ‘Privacy Mode.’ Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.”

The feature, while confirmed, is currently in testing, so it may not become widely available for a while. The publication says the privacy-related feature is being tested across all of Netflix’s markets, and the tests could take a few months.

Once testing is done, the feature may or may not become available to all Netflix subscribers, depending on how tests go. “We may not ever offer it generally,” Edwards said.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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