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Verizon sues Washington State

And whee, another fun move by Verizon here in Washington state against our recent privacy and consumer-protection laws, as reported by our local Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. For those who can't read it/don't care, about two weeks ago, we got new rules for the state Utility and Transportation Commission; any company that wants to share information about the consumers who have their service must get the permission of the customer before doing so.

I.e., this means that Seattle City Light or Puget Power can't sell your electrical-usage statistics to someone else without your permission, the cable companies can't sell your viewing information without your permission, etc. Well, Verizon wants to sell call data to its partners, so has filed a lawsuit that these new regulations infringe on their right to free speech. Joy.

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