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News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Wednesday, Google’s Bram Bout, Director of Google for Education, announced that the company will no longer scan the email addresses of 30 million students, teachers and administrators who use the Google Apps For Education suite. Google has also removed the "enable/disable" toggle for the Apps for Education Administrator console...
News Release
4/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google said it will stop reading the Gmail accounts of 30 million students who use Google Apps For Education, spinning the announcement as “protecting students,” when in fact the change came only after questions were raised about the legality of the practice, Consumer Watchdog said today. The flip flop makes...
News Story
4/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the emails of students using a suite of the Internet company's free products tailored for schools. The changes announced Wednesday affect Google's "Apps for Education" service that has been offered to schools for the past seven years. Among other things...
News Story
4/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Looking for advice on how to spend $2 billion for schoolhouse technology, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to one of the men who built Google into a global colossus. Now critics are asking whether it’s appropriate for Eric Schmidt, the tech company’s executive chairman, to be recommending projects that his company could well benefit...
News Story
4/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer-rights group wants New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove Google's executive chairman from his appointed position on a panel charged with advising the state on proposed spending on school technology. The group cites what it sees as the online-services company's weaknesses in protecting student privacy. In a letter to the...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
Blog Post
3/14/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's hypocrisy reached new heights in the latest filing by its attorneys in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service. You'll recall that twenty-six media companies and journalism professional organizations including The New...
Blog Post
2/25/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's efforts to seal key documents in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service demonstrate hypocrisy at the company's core. Google is in the business of  gathering data and making it public, often when people want to...
News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group said that the Internet giant’s plan...