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News Story
11/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Big media companies have ramped up efforts to fight the growing use of technology designed to block online ads. Here's what you need to know about why ad blockers are on the rise, and why many publishers hate them. The ad blocker battle pitting consumers and privacy advocates against big media companies heated up last week when Yahoo issued an...
News Story
11/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Roughly 10 years to the day after the release of Firefox 1.0, Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy. "Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity," explained Firefox Vice President...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies named as PRISM participants now admit their involvement and are asking the government to allow them to clarify the extent of their participation to the public. "It's clear their reputations have been damaged, probably with good cause," said John Simpson, privacy project director at...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is in a mad scramble to distance itself from the National Security Administration's controversial Prism data mining program. So are Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, Skype (now part of Microsoft) and Paltalk -- the other tech companies mentioned in PowerPoint slides depicting the Prism program, slides that were leaked by...
News Release
6/11/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working group that has struggled to reach agreement on industry do not track rules has decided to press on with the effort, after making progress in some areas and issuing a consensus document during a May 6-8 meeting in Sunnyvale, Calif. W3C is an international organization that develops internet standards. The...
News Story
5/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
                  After nearly two years of negotiating and little progress, the international group trying to agree on a Do Not Track standard is convening its final official face-to-face meeting next week in Sunnyvale, Calif. Although many people may not know that advertisers and other third parties...
Blog Post
5/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Microsoft, which is trying to position itself in a major advertising campaign as a privacy friendly Internet company, should take a simple step that shows it means what it says. Online tracking is pervasive and invasive on the Internet.  The most insidious is performed by companies that most consumers don't even know exist, so-called 3rd...