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U.S. seeks input on privacy rules to protect consumer data

• by David Shepardson

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a privacy hearing on Wednesday with major companies including Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), AT&T Inc (T.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O). This summer, the Trump administration held more than 50 meetings with tech companies, internet providers, privacy advocates and others.

Data privacy has become an increasingly important issue since massive breaches compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. internet and social media users, as well as breaches involving large retailers and credit reporting agency Equifax Inc (EFX.N).

Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued the request for comment after noting "a growing number of foreign countries, and some U.S. states, have articulated distinct visions for how to address privacy concerns, leading to a nationally and globally fragmented regulatory landscape."

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