Disney Has Begun to Crack Down on Password Sharing

Disney has begun the processing of cracking down on password sharing on its streaming services. Starting on November 1st in Canada, it will be against Disney+ policy for subscribers to share their passwords with anyone outside of their household.

The change to the policy was announced by Disney via an email to Canadian subscribers. In the email Disney says, “we’re implementing restrictions on your ability to share your account or login credentials outside of your household.” Specifics on how this will be enforced is not mentioned. “You may not share your subscription outside of your household,” reads the the updated Help Center for Disney+.

A new “Account Sharing” section of the website now is highlighted and shows the following guidelines:

“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.”

The update to the sharing policy comes after Disney CEO Bob Iger initially announced that this is something that the company would be looking into ways to crack down on password sharing. At the time, Iger indicated it would be something that would be happening next year. It seems like this process is already beginning. It isn’t known how or when Disney+ will begin enforcing this new policy. It also isn’t known when it will expand to other markets, including the United States.

What do you think about this update to Disney+ in Canada? What do you think of the whole idea of cracking down on password sharing for Disney+? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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