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News Release
10/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google, which is now forced to honor the “Right To Be Forgotten” in Europe as the result of a high court decision, should voluntarily offer the same privacy protection to users in the United States after Google’s own analysis shows the right is being successfully implemented, Consumer Watchdog said today...
News Story
10/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp-led consortium wants third party sites included in top results. Yesterday a new anti-Google consortium called “Focus on the User” launched a website that cleverly uses Google’s own words and algorithm to make an argument against Google+ Local (map pack) search results. It also operates as a concrete proposal that might...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on...
News Story
6/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook users beware: The company has -- yet again -- unilaterally changed its mind about its data collection practices. As users should know, that's not a good thing for their privacy. Earlier this month, the dominant social network announced that it's altering the way it determines which ads to show users of its site. In the past, the...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it is leading a review of a consumer privacy rights proposal unveiled by the White House in 2012. NTIA, a division of the Department of Commerce, wants public input on whether the proposed consumer “privacy bill of rights” should be clarified or modified to...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates list protections needed in AT&T's planned location-based service to prevent credit-card fraud AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data. [Location-tracking...
News Story
5/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide...
News Release
5/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court’s ruling that people have a “right to be forgotten” and can have online search results linking to outdated, irrelevant information removed. “This is a substantial victory for the right to privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
5/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google and other Internet companies may have to comply with requests to make links to certain personal data go away -- at least, in Europe. The idea seems to be that people have a right to let some things slip into oblivion, even if there was nothing illegal about their publication. "This ruling tips the balance a little bit back towards...
News Story
5/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
May 1 --The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights. The report, which was the product of a review ordered by President Barack Obama,...