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News Story
8/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge Lucy Koh says class action suit, also involving Intel and Adobe, has compelling evidence that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was "a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy." A US district court judge has rejected a settlement reached in a wage-fixing lawsuit involving Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Apple and Google,...
News Story
8/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The unraveling of Sprint's (NYSE: S) bid to merge with T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) could spark a new round of price cuts in the U.S. market, according to financial analysts. That could lead to lower costs for consumers but it could also especially pressure Sprint, which is working to upgrade its LTE network. Both Sprint and T-Mobile executives had...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Consumers Win,” shouted the subject line of the e-mail that rushed into reporters’ inboxes soon after the news emerged that Sprint Corp. (S:US) was abandoning its bid for T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS:US) Combining the third- and fourth-biggest U.S. mobile-phone companies would have meant higher prices and less competition in the...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Wikimedia's impassioned argument against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law has generated some head-scratching. "I don't think they understand the privacy issues involved," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "No one is saying Wikipedia has to take down anything -- just that the link from anyone's...
News Release
8/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has joined with six other consumer privacy organizations in calling for President Obama to propose strong privacy legislation in the groups’ comments on the White House report on “big data.” “Enacting baseline privacy legislation that implements a strong and resonant Consumer Privacy...
News Story
8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of advocacy groups are reiterating their call for a privacy “bill of rights” that would limit marketers' ability to collect or use data about individuals. “Industry self-regulation is not enough, and has failed to inform or protect consumers,” the organizations said Tuesday in a letter to the Commerce...
News Story
8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross say they will initially fund an index designed to hold as many people’s health records as possible. They hope other insurers will join in. Privacy issues are raised. The medical records of millions of Californians could soon be literally at the fingertips of doctors and hospitals statewide with...
News Story
8/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google helped nail an alleged child pornographer, and though he's innocent until proven guilty, the case for the prosecution looks quite strong. The nature of the crime makes it difficult for privacy advocates to object strenuously to Google's methods, but there have been murmurs of concern. Google is setting itself up outside the legal...
News Story
7/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Some watchdogs are trying to convince the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated users' privacy. Google agreed to settle the case last year for $8.5 million, but opponents call the settlement a “farce” because it doesn't require the company to change its practices. The...
News Story
7/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google intends to use its powerful algorithms and analytics in the service of a science project to unlock the mystery of what constitutes human health at the baseline level. That is, what is the state of a person's molecular chemistry long before what we recognize as disease kicks in? To achieve that knowledge, Google intends to study the...