AT&T’s new privacy policy is sticking point in cable-access legislation

On Tuesday, the Senate utilities committee will consider legislation to drastically expand telephone companies’ access to California’s lucrative video- and Internet-services market.

But AT&T, the state’s leading phone company, recently overhauled its privacy policy–a move that may cast a long shadow over the hearing. Consumer advocates say AT&T’s new privacy rules open the door for the company to share personal data–such as the Web sites that customers visit and the TV shows they watch–with government officials.

The pending bill, AB 2987 by Assembly Speaker Fabian N

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