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News Story
10/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium -- which has been trying for two years to come up with privacy standards for online behavioral advertising -- remains as hopelessly divided as ever. The latest conflict centers on whether the group should even continue with the privacy initiative. This week, the W3C polled members of the...
News Story
10/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates and online advertiser groups called for the end to a process that would create a way for users to opt out of being tracked online The group, convened by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), voted Wednesday on how the group should move forward after two years of missed deadlines and tense disagreements over creating a Do Not...
News Release
10/9/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC — A proposed merger between major radio station owner Cumulus Media and radio content provider Dial Global/Westwood One would create a clear radio duopoly (with Clear Channel Communications) in the nation’s largest radio markets, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to the Department of Justice antitrust division. “...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
News Story
9/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raising a big stink, the Digital Advertising Alliance withdraws from work to standardize how browsers tell Web sites not to track users' behavior. The DAA says it's doomed, but other ad groups remain involved. Thwarted by irreconcilable differences, the Digital Advertising Alliance has withdrawn from an effort to standardize how browsers...
News Release
9/17/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The withdrawal today of a major advertising trade association from a group trying to write a Do Not Track standard demonstrates the need for legislation to protect online privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. The public interest group said it is exploring the possibility of drafting a California ballot initiative to implement...
News Story
9/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium said on Tuesday that it intends to move forward with an online privacy initiative, despite the high-profile departure of the Digital Advertising Alliance. W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe said in a blog post that the organization's Tracking Protection Working Group will work “with renewed momentum...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook, which has repeatedly tripped over its own feet when changing its privacy practices, has stumbled yet again. The Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into whether the social network’s proposed new privacy policies, unveiled two weeks ago, violated a 2011 agreement with regulators. Under that...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission is evaluating whether changes to two of Facebook’s key privacy policies adhere to a 2011 agreement between the agency and the social network. Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth confirmed that the FTC is evaluating Facebook’s policies.   “We routinely discuss policy updates with the FTC and this...
News Story
9/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook's announcement late yesterday that it will delay the rollout of a revised privacy policy and data use agreement until next week comes on the heels of unified outcry from consumer rights groups. The updates were originally scheduled to go into effect September 5. When the social network announced the planned changes on August 29, six...