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News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. “This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward,” said John M...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It would extend digital privacy protections to teens 13-15 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation today that would impose new restrictions on companies' ability to collect data from children. The “Do Not Track Kids” Act would amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by prohibiting Web companies from collecting personal information from teens under 16 without...
News Story
9/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raising a big stink, the Digital Advertising Alliance withdraws from work to standardize how browsers tell Web sites not to track users' behavior. The DAA says it's doomed, but other ad groups remain involved. Thwarted by irreconcilable differences, the Digital Advertising Alliance has withdrawn from an effort to standardize how browsers...
News Release
9/17/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The withdrawal today of a major advertising trade association from a group trying to write a Do Not Track standard demonstrates the need for legislation to protect online privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. The public interest group said it is exploring the possibility of drafting a California ballot initiative to implement...
News Story
9/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium said on Tuesday that it intends to move forward with an online privacy initiative, despite the high-profile departure of the Digital Advertising Alliance. W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe said in a blog post that the organization's Tracking Protection Working Group will work “with renewed momentum...
News Release
7/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Technology companies continued to pump money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter, with Google leading the pack spending $3.36 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Microsoft spent...
News Story
7/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lobbying from tech firms: Technology firms spent millions on lobbying during the second quarter of 2013, according to public records released by the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives. The public interest group Consumer Watchdog crunched some numbers based on the reports and said Tuesday that Facebook spending rose $1.06 million...
News Release
7/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...