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News Release
12/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Seeks Meeting With Chairman Eric Schmidt About Privacy Concerns Santa Monica, CA -- Google should offer users of its search engine the ability to leave no personal data on the Internet giant’s servers, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said today and asked for a meeting with Google’s chairman to discuss the group’s...
News Story
12/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Yahoo's time reduction of users' search engine data storage from 13 to 3 months caught the eye of privacy advocates, who called for Google to lead the way toward a zero retention policy. Microsoft's privacy guru Brendon Lynch explains why this just isn't possible to ensure Live Search performs as a quality Web service. The issue seems headed for...
News Release
12/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Internet giant Google must match new privacy measures announced by search rival Yahoo!, Consumer Watchdog said today, and called on both companies to enact stronger protections to truly guarantee users’ privacy. The nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer group warned the public that even with shorter data retention times,...
News Story
12/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
But Some Say Not Enough Data Are Purged Under pressure from regulators, search engines appear to be in a race to outdo one another with their privacy policies. Privacy advocates, though, are skeptical. Last week, Microsoft announced that it was willing to delete data that could potentially identify a user performing an online search after six...
Blog Post
12/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's corporate motto is still "Don't be evil", but folks just don't trust the Internet gargantuan the way they used to. Google has fallen off the list of Top 20 most trusted companies in the United States that was just released by Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe.  The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Larry Ponemon, who conducted the...
Blog Post
12/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Wall Street Journal touched off a debate Monday in an article suggesting that Internet giant Google has changed its position on "net neutrality" and is quietly wheeling and dealing with broad band providers to create a fast lane for its own content on the Internet. Net neutrality -- an essential element of what makes the Internet the...
Blog Post
12/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I was surprised today when Internet giant Google today removed the "Beta" or test label from its new Chrome browser. Four-year-old Gmail still carries the "Beta" label. Despite the changes, though, the Web browser still offers inadequate protection for users' privacy. They've made a token gesture on privacy, but really haven't...
Blog Post
12/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's arch-rival, Mircrosoft, has just announced it will anonymize all private data it collects during online searches after six months if its competitors do the same thing. As explained by PC World Microsoft has "endorsed European guidelines that suggest search engines should not keep sensitive information, ranging from IP (Internet...
Blog Post
12/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Don't be shy about telling Google what you think of the company's activities.  Sometimes the internet giant listens to what its users say. A case in point: Thursday Google's You Tube service offered a new feature for folks who use You Tube to embed videos on their websites.  Without warning across the top of the thumbnail picture...
News Story
11/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog wants Google Inc. to implement more privacy protections in its e-mail and search systems as it may be looking at e-mails coming and going from GMail accounts. Google has inked e-mail and search-engine agreements with a number of private companies and public employers, including Arizona State University and the state of Arizona....