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[$$] Big Tech Companies to Appear Before Senate to Discuss Privacy

WASHINGTON—The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a high-profile hearing on the privacy practices of big tech companies later this month, signaling intensifying government interest in a thorny issue for the industry, according to people familiar with the matter. The hearing, set for Sept. 26, reflects growing concerns among lawmakers over user privacy on the internet, especially in light of recent revelations of questionable practices at several big tech firms, including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit. Google, Amazon.com Inc., Twitter Inc. and Apple Inc. will all send privacy executives to testify at the Senate hearing, along with telecommunications firms AT&T Inc. and Charter Communications Inc.