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11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission won’t require companies like Google and Facebook to honor “Do Not Track” requests sent by users, it said on Friday. The agency’s dismissed a petition from Consumer Watchdog asking that they force so-called “edge providers,” which are companies like Amazon, Google and...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission has rejected advocacy group Consumer Watchdog's request to impose new privacy regulations on Facebook, Google and other Web companies. "The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it has no intent to regulate edge providers," the FCC's Wireline Bureau said in a decision issued on...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it can't force Internet companies like Google, Facebook and ad providers from tracking users online. The commission had been petitioned by the privacy advocacy group Consumer Watchdog to make the "Do Not Track" setting in many browsers illegal to ignore. "Do Not Track"...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed a petition that would have required Internet giants to let consumers opt out of having their online activity tracked. The decision secured a win for Silicon Valley businesses that rely on monetizing reams of personal data. The FCC said it "has been unequivocal in declaring that it has...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Petition to impose Do Not Track requirements rejected by commission. Websites will not be forced to honor consumers' "Do Not Track" requests as the Federal Communications Commission today dismissed a petition that would have imposed new requirements on companies like Google and Facebook. Consumer Watchdog had ...
News Story
11/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Every time Mark Zuckerberg has tried to tackle search, he’s landed on his back like Charlie Brown after Lucy pulls away the football. Facebook’s co-founder and CEO has overseen successful work in areas such as user experience, mobile, display ads, high-performance computing, and multimedia management. But a smart—and conflict-...
News Release
10/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. Lobbying disclosure reports filed Tuesday with the Clerk of the...
Blog Post
10/4/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule Tuesday on the validity of the U.S.-European Union “Safe Harbor” deal covering how Europeans’ personal data can be transferred across the Atlantic by Internet giants like Google and Facebook. Many people are betting the court will throw out the deal and in the long run that...
News Release
7/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants. Google spent $5.29 million on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2014 and $5.1...
Blog Post
6/17/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet speeds for people who purchased what the company had described  as “...