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News Release
5/4/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to fine Google millions of dollars for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads.  Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint in February with the FTC after Stanford Researcher Jonathan Mayer revealed what the Internet giant was doing. Sara Forden of Bloomberg News...
News Release
5/2/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a Freedom Of Information Act Request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking all documents related to the Commission’s investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal. So far only the FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture has been made public.  It ordered...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Unredacted FCC findings appear to contradict Google's claim that it inadvertently intercepted individuals' internet communications in the process of gathering data from Wi-Fi networks across the globe for the firm's “Street View” project. The Federal Communications Commission's investigation into data-collection...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the case of FCC vs Google Street View that’s been going on for some weeks, months, and even years now, a “lone engineer” has been identified and called out on his role in the so-called scandal. This fellow is being called “Engineer Doe” by the FCC but has been discovered this week as being a software engineer by...
News Story
4/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The employee who wrote code to capture Wi-Fi users' personal data told co-workers about it, the FCC says. SAN FRANCISCO -- New revelations in a full report detailing the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into Google's Street View service are raising questions about whether the search giant escaped scrutiny for...
News Story
4/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
With Congress and privacy watchdogs breathing down its neck, Google is stepping up its lobbying presence inside the Beltway - spending more than Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft combined in the first three months of the year. Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying from January through March of this year, a record for the Internet giant,...
News Release
4/23/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
WASHINGTON DC -- Google continues to pump record amounts into its effort to influence federal legislators and policymakers, spending $5.03 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2012, a 240 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago, according to new disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Consumer...
News Story
4/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO - What's Silicon Valley's latest export? Try corporate misbehavior. In the past two weeks, Google has been spanked for obstructing federal regulators, Apple was slapped with a Justice Department suit for conspiring to drive up e-book prices, and seven tech companies were told they'll go on trial for allegedly...
News Release
4/18/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- Three of the five global corporations behind a coalition aimed at protecting $1 billion a year in California tax loopholes are among the nation’s top tax evaders, said Consumer Watchdog. They are: - International Paper Co., whose outlandish deductions and credits gained through Congressional earmarks left it with less-...
News Story
4/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The FCC is fining Google $25,000 for impeding an investigation into personal e-mails and other data collected via the company’s Street View cars. But that’s far from a punitive fine for the search giant. In fact, it is less than the company spends on one day of lunch for its employees. Google generated more than $37.9 billion in...