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Congressional Investigation of ISP Data Collection Scheme Urged

Fifteen of the nation’s leading privacy and public interest groups today released a letter urging Congress to hold hearings on the growing practice of Internet Service Providers targeting ads to subscribers based on their personal Web activities. The letter urges the House Telecommunications Subcommittee leadership to investigate the plan of Charter Communications to capture all of the messages and activities of its Internet subscribers and share that data with a third-party firm, which plans to use the data to target those consumers with specific ads. The plan raises serious privacy and legal issues, the letter says.