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N.D. Vote on Privacy Hailed

June 13, 2002|From Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's overwhelming vote to toss out a state law that lets banks sell customer information without written permission won widespread praise Wednesday from privacy advocates.

Unofficial results showed 73% of voters backed the repeal in the nation's first statewide vote on financial privacy.

"I think this is a huge result," said Evan Hendricks, publisher of Privacy Times, a Washington newsletter.

"Politically, this is a shot that is going to be heard around the world."

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