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Blog Post
9/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
I don’t often agree with Google, but today I must admit that the Internet giant said exactly the right thing and came out strongly in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic is treated equally on the Internet.  The Federal Communications Commission is in the process of considering rules that could allow...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it...
News Story
8/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It’s highly unlikely for the privacy settlement of a lawsuit facing Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to receive the approval of judges owing to its nature. The settlement, which amounts to $8.5 million, fails because it involves donation to institutions associated with the attorneys who filed the suit. During a fairness hearing on Friday in San...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information...
News Release
8/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Five privacy organizations are asking a judge to scuttle Google's $8.5 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit. “The proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google’s business practices,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center,  Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog,...
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...