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News Release
1/30/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...
News Release
1/8/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to release the 100-page staff report on the 19-month Google investigation as the only way to “restore a modicum of public trust in the Commission’s ability to serve as an effective antitrust enforcer.”   “I call on you to release...
Blog Post
12/19/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission Wednesday announced amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule that will give parents more control over the information online services and websites can collect about their kids.  It's the first change since COPPA was passed in 1998 and is meant to update the protections to a time...
Blog Post
11/29/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Should one company be able to control how you use the Internet and what you see? Google -- with 70% of online search and 90% of mobile search markets -- is increasingly doing this.  Evidence before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows that Google skews its results towards its own services and commercial priorities, when consumers believe...
Blog Post
11/12/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reporter Sara Forden on Monday wrote: "Google has been in discussions with the agency for about...
Blog Post
4/14/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Around 50 representatives of various Internet stakeholders squared off for three days in Washington DC this past week as the W3C (World Web Consortium) Tracking Protection Working Group tried to set a standard for what Do Not Track means. Progress was made, but a huge gulf still exists between the online industry's proposals and those from...
Blog Post
4/2/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Over the weekend The Los Angeles Times published a new poll suggesting that we may have reached the tipping point on online privacy, finally forcing policymakers to take notice and react to ease people's concerns. The USC Dornsife/Times poll found a stunning 82 percent of Californians say they are very or somewhat concerned about "...