Court rejects petition for cable companies to sell private data

Friday - 2/13/2009, 6:14pm EST

By Max Cacas
FederalNewsRadio

A Federal appeals court says the privacy rights of cable TV customers trumps the needs of providers to sell subscribers personal information.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has rejected a petition by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA). The group had argued that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on telecommunications companies use of customer data violated the firms free speech rights.

FCC rules say telecommunication companies must get customer's permission first before disclosing the information.

No word on whether the NCTA is planning on appealing today's ruling.

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