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2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When I walked into the Consumer Watchdog office today on a press conference seeking to protect benefits for autistic children, it occurred to me just what is so insidious about the recent effort of a top Google executive to de-fund Consumer Watchdog.  As you may have read, Bob Boorstin, Google's Director Of Corporate and Policy Communications...
News Story
2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's critics have complained for several years that the company has grown too large and powerful to be entirely trustworthy. Fears about Google's size helped scuttle a planned deal to power search for Yahoo and also spurred opposition to its $3.1 billion buyout of DoubleClick. Now, new revelations have given some of Google's most ardent...
News Story
2/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's got a lot of enemies in Washington these days, including a few who like to dress in black cloaks and operate in the alleys at night. One recent episode was a crafty push poll funded by Microsoft. (Turns out that, if you phrase the questions right, advertisers are terrified of Google's monopoly!) Google generally tries to stay above the...
News Story
2/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A battle between Internet giant Google and a Santa Monica, Calif.-based group that has been pressuring the company to enhance the privacy and security of its various Web applications appears to be getting bloodier. Earlier this month, Bob Boorstin, director of Google's corporate and policy communications, wrote to the head of the Rose Foundation,...
News Story
2/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Search Giant Tries To Pull Consumer Watchdog's Funding The U.S. privacy and consumer protection group Consumer Watchdog today shot back at Google for allegedly trying to have its funding withdrawn. A letter from Bob Boorstin, Google's Director of Corporate and Policy Communications, to a Consumer Watchdog sponsor, the Rose Foundation, expressed...
News Release
2/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court wrote Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt today questioning the company’s priorities following efforts by one of Google’s top executives to dissuade a charitable foundation from supporting the nonpartisan group’s privacy efforts.   “We have tried to constructively...
News Story
2/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google enjoys a reputation, based on its early freewheeling days, as a scrappy and happy-go-lucky outfit. But as the company’s search engine has morphed into an array of products and services that touch almost every aspect of the Internet, consumer advocates have started to take notice — and not in a flattering way. Now, thanks to a $...
News Story
2/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's point man in Washington has issued an apology after a consumer advocacy group published an email in which he urged a donor to reconsider its funding of the group. Bob Boorstin, Google's Director of Corporate and Policy Communications, issued a statement on Monday apologizing for sending information about Consumer Watchdog to The Rose...
News Story
2/19/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
No one knows more about us—our ailments, significant others, favorite music, what we’re thinking about buying, and how much we spend—than our search engines. However, this is stuff we probably wouldn’t choose to share with a multimillion dollar web company. Every major search engine in the world, however, retains every...
News Story
2/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Unlike a physician or health plan, Google Health -- which launched last May and is free to users -- is not regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal law that established data confidentiality standards for patient health information. Since Google does not store data on behalf of healthcare providers,...