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Want cheaper Internet access? Hand over your privacy

Want cheaper Internet access? Hand over your privacy

It seems a simple enough proposition: Would you agree to receive marketing pitches in return for a discount on your high-speed Internet service?

Telecom heavyweight Comcast made just such a case last week in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. The company defended what it called “a bargained-for exchange of information for service,” which it said “is a perfectly acceptable and widely used model throughout the U.S. economy.”

And that’s true. You can spend less on a Kindle e-reader from Amazon if you agree to see “special...

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