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12/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated user privacy through a policy change that gives the company more leeway to build profiles of people as they browse the Web and use Google services. The complaint, submitted Thursday by advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog and the Privacy...
News Story
11/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Monday, Google agreed to pay 37 states to settle charges that in 2011 and 2012 it had ignored a key privacy feature embedded in Apple's Safari browser. As part of the deal, Google — while not admitting fault — has also vowed to stop using the code that lets it circumvent the controls. It's a significant victory for consumers...
News Release
11/18/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
News Story
11/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raleigh, N.C. — Google on Monday reached a $17 million settlement with North Carolina and 36 other U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia over its circumvention of privacy settings for some Internet users. Google will pay $17 million to the states and make changes to how it tracks consumers’ Internet surfing under a settlement...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Story
11/20/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
U.S. and European antitrust regulators are poised to crack down on the dominant search company. What changes to Google search might the cases trigger? Tim Carter was blindsided when his home-improvement site AsktheBuilder.com fell out of favor with Google's search algorithm about 21 months ago. His daily ad revenue from Google AdSense crashed...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Summary: A US judge has rebuffed efforts by California-based Consumer Watchdog to derail Google's settlement with the FTC regarding the bypassing of Safari privacy settings.. The group wanted a harsher penalty, and is now urging a full FTC suit over Google's search practices. A US judge has spurned a consumer rights group's call for...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A federal judge has approved a $22.5-million fine against Google despite calls from a consumer advocacy group for a stiffer penalty. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued the ruling late Friday, a few hours after a hearing arguments. The fine was part of a deal Google reached with the Federal Trade Commission three months ago to settle...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A federal judge on Friday approved a legal settlement in which Google (GOOG) agreed to pay a record fine of $22.5 million to resolve federal allegations of privacy violations, despite objections from a consumer group that argues the penalty is too weak. Hours after holding a brief hearing in San Francisco's federal court, U.S. District Judge...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Google Inc.’s $22.5 million agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle claims the company improperly planted cookies on Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Safari Internet browser was approved by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco found arguments from a consumer group that the settlement was inadequate...