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Blog Post
1/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The White House webmaster apparently is apparently hearing concerns from privacy advocates about exemptions from federal rules for Google's YouTube video service, but  I'm not applauding the latest response at all. In fact it disguises what's happening, and down plays the relationship between Google and the White House, when what's needed is...
News Release
1/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The non-partisan Consumer Watchdog called on Google today to cease a rumored lobbying effort aimed at allowing the sale of electronic medical records in the current version of the Economic Stimulus legislation.  Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to remove loopholes in the ban on the sale of medical records and include...
Blog Post
1/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Twelve hours after blogger Chris Soghoian revealed privacy concerns about Google's involvement with the official White House website, there is some good news. Although the steps taken by the White House webmasters don't go far enough, they are steps in the right direction.  Here's what happened: Federal regulations specifically say that...
Blog Post
1/7/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A model's suit to force Google to identify an anonymous blogger highlights the privacy issues surrounding many of Google's services. According to The Washington Post and Online Media Daily, model  Liskula Cohen is suing to compel the Internet giant to identify the blogger who called her a "skank." Google's position is that it...
News Story
12/31/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Santa Monica, California-based nonprofit group that advocates for consumers is calling for the Internet’s search and ad leader to change the way it records users’ information. Officials with Consumer Watchdog say they want to see Google Inc. store personal search data for less than its current nine months, following Yahoo!’s...
News Story
12/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In one of his final acts as insurance commissioner, Matt Denn fined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware $150,000 on Wednesday for improperly disclosing the private medical information of about 3,800 Delaware members. The information went to other insurance company subscribers on the back of their own forms. Attorneys for Blue Cross asked Denn, the...
News Story
12/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer advocacy group calls for Google to adopt an easy zero day data retention "opt out" provision One of the most controversial topics online is privacy. On the one hand there are the advertisers and content providers (and those who do both) like Google. They say that keeping user statistics is essential to offering more effective...
Blog Post
12/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The oracle of progressive opinion, the New York Times editorial page, articulated the core concept for new privacy protection in America: "Internet users should be able to control how much of their personal data companies keep." With all the technological mysteries and sophisticated developments on the Internet, this core inescapable...
News Story
12/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Consumer Group Has Asked Google To Let Users Opt-Out Of Leaving Personal Data On The Search Vendor's Systems. The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog asked on Friday that Google give users of its search engine the ability to "opt out" of leaving personal data, such as IP addresses, on Google's servers. "Many people don't understand...
News Story
12/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This week Yahoo released a new policy on data retention. Under the policy, the number two search engine will anonymize its users log data within 90 days. Few exceptions will be made for fraud, security and legal obligations. The policy will additionally apply to page views, page clicks, ad views and ad clicks. The previous policy was to hold data...