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Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

Data collected by internet and media companies is a powerful tool, and the big mergers planned by AT&T with Time Warner and Verizon with Yahoo offer those firms more data that can be used to target consumers with content and advertising.

Privacy advocates say the prospect of firms using all that online and offline data without safeguards could be alarming.

“Twenty-first century media is all about the ability to gather information on a single individual regardless of where they are—whether they are using mobile phone or watching TV or in a grocery store,” said Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy rights group.

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