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News Story
8/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge Lucy Koh says class action suit, also involving Intel and Adobe, has compelling evidence that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was "a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy." A US district court judge has rejected a settlement reached in a wage-fixing lawsuit involving Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Apple and Google,...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Wikimedia's impassioned argument against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law has generated some head-scratching. "I don't think they understand the privacy issues involved," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "No one is saying Wikipedia has to take down anything -- just that the link from anyone's...
News Story
8/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google helped nail an alleged child pornographer, and though he's innocent until proven guilty, the case for the prosecution looks quite strong. The nature of the crime makes it difficult for privacy advocates to object strenuously to Google's methods, but there have been murmurs of concern. Google is setting itself up outside the legal...
News Story
7/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Some watchdogs are trying to convince the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated users' privacy. Google agreed to settle the case last year for $8.5 million, but opponents call the settlement a “farce” because it doesn't require the company to change its practices. The...
News Story
7/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google intends to use its powerful algorithms and analytics in the service of a science project to unlock the mystery of what constitutes human health at the baseline level. That is, what is the state of a person's molecular chemistry long before what we recognize as disease kicks in? To achieve that knowledge, Google intends to study the...
Blog Post
7/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Apple, and all the other tech giants have a vested interest in many of the decisions coming out of Washington, DC. Whether it's how immigration policy will affect the pool of talent HR can pick from, or laws on data and privacy, the rulings coming out of the Capitol can have a huge impact on the tech world. And so it shouldn't come...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...
News Story
7/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Implementation of the EU's right-to-be-forgotten policy appears to have hit some snags, as privacy regulators tussle with search engines over how they handle link removals. The right to be forgotten is the foundation of a directive allowing citizens to have links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive"...
News Story
7/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As some of its competitors have been battered over their policies for protecting student data, Microsoft Corp. has sought to make sure that the issue—and what it regards as its strong record on privacy—remain firmly in the public eye. But as the company moves aggressively to position itself as a protector of student-data privacy, some...