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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....
News Release
11/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
New Video Shows Privacy Problems With G-Mail   Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog released a new on-line video exposing privacy problems with Google’s Gmail service and other Google applications in the wake of Google’s recent marketing efforts on Capitol Hill.   At a speech in Washington D.C. today, Google CEO Eric...
News Story
11/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Click here to watch TV news segment.) LOS ANGELES, CA -- Consumer Watchdog warned Tuesday that Google Web browsing and e-mail services may not be private and secure. If fact, the consumer group says national security could be at risk. All e-mail services, not just Google, can have security issues if the user doesn't take the proper precautions....
News Story
11/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California campaign disclosures show that Google, which has had issues from privacy advocates and government regulators, made what appears to be the first political contributions to elected officials in the company's history. The $77,800 in contributions includes $25,000 to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and $3,400, near the maximum contribution...
Blog Post
11/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As Google grows into the behemoth of personal computing that it apparently wants to become, the firm has apparently decided to get bigger in another realm: political influence.  As we recently noted, Google made its first donations directly to politicians in its home state of California in October, just as public scrutiny of the company has...
Blog Post
11/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Both president-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain backed electronic medical records during their campaign. Computerizing patient data, which could increase efficiency and cut costs, is part of every major federal health reform proposal. But what are the rules for this data? An extortion threat reported today, and involving up to 50 million...
News Release
11/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
UPDATE (November 11, 2008) Santa Monica, CA -- California campaign disclosures show that Google, Inc [GOOG] – which is under fire from privacy advocates and government regulators – made what appears to be the company's first-ever political contributions to state politicians in its home state of California. UPDATE: Google has pointed...
News Story
11/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer activists are criticizing internet goliath Google for spying on its customers. News 8 investigates and gets Google's side of the story. News 8 received a video news release from ConsumerWatchdog.org that asks Google to stop the spying. The video shows a typical Google search, where as you type, an intuitive drop-down window tries to...
News Story
11/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With Google adding a browser to its search engine, cloud applications, ad tracking and toolbar, it already knows more about you than even your mother could. But Consumer Watchdog thinks the Lords of the Web should still make it easier for people to have a bit more privacy... Consumer Watchdog has "called on Google's founders and directors to...
News Story
11/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog has called on Google to amend several features in its new browser that, they claim, seriously compromise your privacy on the Web. You may have noticed that whenever you start typing into Google's search field, the site starts suggesting topics for you. Google is, in fact, recording and storing every keystroke you...