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Senate votes to kill privacy rules meant to protect people's sensitive data from their Internet providers

Senate votes to kill privacy rules meant to protect people's sensitive data from their Internet providers

The Senate narrowly voted Thursday to overturn tough new privacy rules for Internet service providers, employing a rarely used procedure to invalidate restrictions that cable and wireless companies strongly opposed.

The Republican-backed measure, approved 50 to 48, repeals regulations approved on a 3-2 party line vote in October by the Federal Communications Commission when it was controlled by Democrats.

The Senate vote broke down along party lines as well, with only Republicans supporting and no Democrats or independents voting in favor.

The bill is expected to pass the House in the coming weeks. President Trump, who campaigned on rolling back federal regulations, is...

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