Netflix cracking down on users sharing accounts, reports suggest

Netflix is cracking down on users sharing passwords with friends and family, reports suggest. People using a shared Netflix account are reportedly seeing the message: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” While members of the same household might be safe, those lending to or borrowing passwords from other households may soon be forced to stop.

Netflix account and password sharing crackdown explained

Netflix cracking down

The Netflix crackdown of 2021 to prevent users from sharing accounts and passwords is a “test” being used to “help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.”

This is according to a Netflix spokesperson speaking to the BBC who went on to explain that the verification, which asks users to input a code provided by text or email, is in a trial stage. Netflix hasn’t yet decided whether to roll this out across the entire network.

Am I allowed to share my Netflix password and account?

Netflix cracking down

Users are allowed to share their Netflix password and account with people in the same household.

The Netflix Terms of Use state that the “service and any content viewed through the service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.” This means that users are not supposed to share their account with anyone outside of their household.

Expect to hear more about Netflix enforcing its rules in the not-so-distant future.

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