Disney+ Begins to Block Password Sharing

Not a great day for Canadians.

Disney+ Begins to Block Password Sharing

Streaming services are starting to follow Netflix's example, and one concerning trend is becoming more widespread: cracking down on password sharing. Just recently, we heard that Disney+ was thinking about preventing users from sharing their passwords with people who don't live with them. Now, it seems Disney is taking steps in that direction, as they're introducing new rules for their subscribers in Canada.

Disney+ is sending emails to its Canadian customers to inform them about an upcoming change to their subscriber agreement. This new agreement includes a section about sharing accounts, which says the following:

NOTE:

“Unless otherwise permitted by your Service Tier, you may not share your subscription outside of your household. “Household” means the collection of devices associated with your primary personal residence that are used by the individuals who reside therein. Additional usage rules may apply for certain Service Tiers.

We may, in our sole discretion, analyze the use of your account to determine compliance with this Agreement. If we determine that you have violated this Agreement, we may limit or terminate access to the Service and/or take any other steps as permitted by this Agreement (including those set forth in Section 6 of this Agreement).

You will be responsible for any use of your account by your household, including compliance with this section.”


There are a few important things to keep in mind here. First, we're not exactly sure how Disney+ will stop people from sharing their passwords in real life. With Netflix, they sometimes warn you that you can't use the service unless you live with the account owner, and they might ask you to confirm that you're the account owner.

Disney+ doesn't explain its approach as clearly. Their policy just says they might check how the account is used and take action if it seems to be used outside the household. The "unless otherwise permitted by your Service Tier" part is interesting because it suggests that Disney+ might let users share their subscription with others, maybe through sub-accounts like Netflix or as part of a higher-priced subscription option with this feature.

We're not sure when this rule will begin in other places, but if you're in Canada, it'll start on November 1st.

Source: MobileSyrup

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