Time Warner Takeover Pushes Need For Uniform Privacy Regs

By Allison Grande (October 26, 2016, 2:56 PM EDT) -- AT&T roused privacy advocates in unveiling an $85.4 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Time Warner over the weekend, a move that steps up pressure to replace the traditional sectorial approach to privacy regulation with more stringent and uniform rules to counter the increasingly blurry lines between the telecom and tech industries.

The deal announced late Saturday will combine New York City-based Time Warner Inc.'s library of content — which includes HBO, Warner Bros., TBS, TNT and CNN — with Dallas-based AT&T Inc.'s huge subscriber base, a tie-up that has not only raised serious antitrust concerns, but also attracted intense scrutiny over how...

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