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Short Take: Court overturns FCC privacy rules

A federal court overturned Federal Communications Commission rules requiring telephone companies to obtain customers' permission before using their personal information for marketing purposes. Under that rule, firms could not sell customer information to outside companies. Earlier this week, the FCC had modified it to allow companies to sell their own new services to consumers, or try to win old customers back. The court said the rule was a violation of First Amendment rights.

A federal court overturned Federal Communications Commission rules requiring telephone companies to obtain customers' permission before using their personal information for marketing purposes. Under that rule, firms could not sell customer information to outside companies. Earlier this week, the FCC had modified it to allow companies to sell their own new services to consumers, or try to win old customers back. The court said the rule was a violation of First Amendment rights.