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News Story
1/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As Eric Schmidt plans his transition from Google's chief executive into a role has a greater focus on government outreach, ardent Google critic and privacy advocate Consumer Watchdog has found a not-so-friendly way to welcome him to Washington.  After airing a video of Schmidt as a creepy ice cream truck driver in Times Square last...
News Story
1/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's close relationship with the Obama administration has allowed the search giant inappropriate benefits such as access to a NASA airfield and lowered scrutiny on its private practices, according to a new report from Consumer Watchdog. The advocacy group, which frequently targets Google for criticism, sent the report and a letter to...
Blog Post
1/6/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
South Korean police said Thursday that Google broke the country's privacy laws when its Street View cars gathered personal information from private Wi-Fi networks.  Meanwhile, in the United States, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen told me in a telephone call that the multi-state investigation into Wi-Spy is...
Blog Post
12/10/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is leading a multi-state probe into Google's Wi-Spying activity is demanding the Internet giant turn over the data that its Street View cars improperly gathered from wireless networks in the state. Blumenthal didn't just make a request.  He has issued a civil investigative...
Blog Post
11/1/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google can to take one simple step to show that it cares about consumers' privacy. The Internet giant simply needs to appoint a Chief Privacy Officer. Instead, in it's latest bit of PR spin Google as it tried to deal with the fallout from the Wi-Spy scandal, the company has muddied the water with an executive structure that virtually...