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News Story
1/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Verizon Wireless, which has been under fire by privacy advocates since late last year, has decided to make a major revision to its mobile ad-targeting program. Users who do not want to be tracked with an identifier that Verizon uses for ad-targeting purposes will soon be able to completely opt out, the company said on Friday. In the past, Verizon...
News Story
1/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congressional Hearing Highlights the Difficulties Despite bipartisan rhetoric, comments from lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing Jan. 27 illustrate why reaching a consensus on a national data breach notification law remains a challenge. Remarks made at the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place when it issues new ‘net neutrality rules, probably next month. The FCC is widely expected to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and issue rules regulating it as...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Verizon’s use of “Supercookies” underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it reclassifies broadband companies such as Verizon as common carriers in order to protect ‘net neutrality, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan,...
News Story
1/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is telling the Federal Communications Commission that new broadband regulations should include privacy obligations. "If consumers believe that their broadband provider substantially threatens their privacy, they are less likely to use the Internet,” the group says in a filing submitted to the FCC today....
News Story
1/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In a new letter to the FCC today, Consumer Watchdog points to the parts of Title II that it wants in place to ensure consumer privacy protections. While some argue that the FCC can reclassify and then forbear from everything but a few sections of the law — specifically Sections 201, 202 and 208 — that strategy “would be a serious...
News Story
1/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's MVNO plans could lead to a lot of benefits -- more advertising real estate for Google, lower prices for consumers, additional revenue for Sprint and T-Mobile -- but there's a downside. Google "presumably would have access to data about who people called, when they did it, and how long the call lasted ... which would raise...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the most it has ever...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As many others cut back, a new breed of tech company doubled down on influencing Washington The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology,...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has spent a record amount on Washington lobbyists as it pushes to maintain net neutrality. The search and advertising giant spent $16.8m (£11m) in 2014 - the most it has ever shelled out on DC influencers. Some US telecoms companies are pushing to get rid of net neutrality, which is the legal principle that all internet traffic should...