Netflix Testing Privacy Mode, Hide Those Guilty Viewing Pleasures

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I think we’ve all secretly wanted to watch a movie or two on Netflix that didn’t look so hot. Most of the time we stop because we don’t want our family and friends to see it in our recently viewed list. And for those who share their viewing to Facebook (God knows why you would) it’s even more public.

But now Netflix is experimenting with a new “Privacy Mode”. This would allow the user to view any Netflix program without it being logged into their viewing history, Facebook history or Netflix suggestions. If this actually does happen it means I can finally watch Sharknado!


Cliff Edwards, Netflix Director of Communications

“At Netflix we continuously test new things. 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.”

Sounds like this would work a lot like Chrome’s Incognito Mode, basically keeping all tracking of the user off the grid. According to Gigaom, testing is happening across all markets, not everyone will have access to this (that’s why it’s called testing/beta) and testing could go on for several more months. Hey Netflix! Sharknado is waiting for me, I’m sitting here waiting to be a beta tester! What do you think of Privacy Mode for Netflix. Is this a feature you would welcome and use? Are you a current beta tester of this feature? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. If you are a tester of this feature and would like to send us some tips, screenshots or anything else you can send email to [email protected] with the subject Netflix Privacy Mode. Any tips will remain anonymous.

  Source: Gigaom

Featured image courtesy Chicago Tribune

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