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The privacy protections, approved in the final days of the Obama administration, would have required ISPs to get permission from customers before collecting and sharing their data. However, President Trump signed off on a repeal of the Internet privacy protections before they were able to take effect — despite an outcry from consumer groups and privacy advocates.

1. What is the “weird gray area” discussed in the article?
2. Why is the best hope for consumer protection at the state level and what states are currently involved in these regulations?
3. What issues concern you most about Internet privacy?
4. What are the advertising issues involved?

Fiegerman, S. and S. Larson. (2017) The uncertain future of Internet privacy. CNN, April 5 (Retrievable online at