Telecom lobbying muscle kills privacy rules

Telecom lobbying muscle kills privacy rules

This Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo shows signage in a Verizon store in North Andover, Mass. The telecom industry’s lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress. Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers’ personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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