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News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Credit cards embedded with microchips, which have dramatically reduced fraud around the world, are on their way to U.S. consumers, financial experts told California lawmakers on Tuesday. But they cautioned the transition will be slow and costly, and it will not be a cure-all to problems such as the massive security breaches...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration Feb. 6 convened the first of a series of multistakeholder meetings aimed at crafting a voluntary privacy code of conduct for commercial uses of facial recognition technology. Larry Strickling, administrator of the NTIA, a division of the Commerce Department, told stakeholders at the...
News Release
1/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today insisted the European Commission must ‘market test’ a reported new proposal from Google to settle the three-year antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said any remedy must insist that Google use an objective, nondiscriminatory mechanism to rank and display all search results...
News Story
1/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Recent rumours that interner giant Google is set to escape an ongoing European antitrust investigation without its latest proposals being market-tested have been met with much scepticism LONDON, United Kingdom -- Internet giant Google may be close to striking a deal with the European Commission to put an end to an antitrust investigation of...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. Joe Raedle/Getty Images You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked...
News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
Video
1/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Target's massive credit card breach reported last month may be worse than previously thought. From November 27 to December 15 one of the most high-profile attacks in recent years,  the attack affected as many as 70 million individuals, as many as 40 million credit and debit cards were reported stolen last month. Consumer Watchdog's...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's privacy polices came under fire again on Friday regarding changes to its Gmail service, two days after it was fined by France for data protection violations. Gmail users could soon receive messages from people with whom they have never shared their email addresses, following the latest in a string of moves to link Google's email...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google likes the proposed changes. Nobody else seems to. This past week has been a bad one for Google+ public relations. On Wednesday, Americans learned the story of Massachusetts resident Thomas Gagnon, arrested for sending his ex-girlfriend a Google+ invite in violation of a restraining order she'd taken out against him — except...
News Release
1/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google has cleaned up its social network shutting down some accounts of apparent online predators and eliminating explicit sexual content in apparent response to a complaint from Consumer Watchdog, but the Internet giant’s Google+ still has a privacy design flaw that must be fixed, the public interest group said...