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Internet Service Providers Lose Bid to Block Maine Privacy Law

July 7, 2020, 9:22 PM

Internet service providers failed to knock down a Maine law that limits their use of customer data, with a U.S. district court rejecting arguments the state provision conflicts with federal statutes.

While the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine ruling favored the law’s survival, the court still must decide whether the statute is unconstitutional. The outcome may have implications for states considering similar measures.

The Tuesday ruling shows “Maine has a role to play in protecting the privacy of consumers,” said Zachary Heiden, legal director for the state’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped defend...

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