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California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

California’s Legislature is poised to vote Friday on a landmark Internet privacy bill, one that could quickly become a bellwether for the rest of the country.

But the measure is opposed by large Internet providers and tech companies, in an unusual alliance that could doom efforts by privacy groups to reverse deregulatory actions taken by President Trump and his allies at the start of the year.

The bill under consideration in California is a near-mirror image of rules put in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016. The nationwide regulations sought to place new limits on Internet providers who wished to use customer data — such as online browsing history and...

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