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News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
As reported last week Google has formally settled the so-called “WiSpy” case with 30 US state Attorneys General for $7 million. The agreement also contains some other non-monetary provisions that are, frankly, more meaningful. The investigation began in 2010 concerning unauthorized collection of private emails and other “payload...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK — Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine in the United States on Tuesday for stealthily collecting data from private Wi-Fi hotspots in a mapping service slip that irked an array of countries. In a legal settlement with attorneys general in 38 states, the Internet giant also agreed to ramp up employee training about data privacy and...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Slurp sparks states' slight slap Google is reportedly close to settling with the 30 US states that were pursuing it over the infamous StreetView Wifi data slurp. In between practicing taking the decision seriously in public, there are probably fits of giggles breaking out in Google's boardroom, because according to Reuters, the proposed...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people’s privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users. In agreeing to settle a case brought by 38 states involving the project, the search...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Marketers hawking diet pills and other questionable goods on social media will have to be more forthcoming. Digital ads that pop up on Twitter, Facebook and other mobile sites must be accompanied by disclosures to avoid deceptive practices, according to a rule update issued Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission. The new rule "takes into...
Blog Post
3/8/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Reports were circulating in the tech press Friday that serial privacy violator Google is about to cut a deal with state attorneys general to close their investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. Remember what happened?  Google sent specially equipped cars to travel the highways and byways of the world snapping photos of everything they passed....
News Story
3/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google will soon settle with the attorneys general representing more than 30 U.S. states over its Street View cars collecting data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, multiple sources said. Google is to pay $7 million, to be distributed among the attorneys general, according to a person familiar with the matter. That person said the agreement is close...
News Story
10/19/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft instituted a policy on Friday that gives the company broad leeway over how it gathers and uses personal information from consumers of its free, Web-based products like e-mail, search and instant messaging. Almost no one noticed, however, even though Microsoft's policy changes are much the same as those that Google made to its...
News Story
10/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
"Your entire life is online - and it might be used against you." That is the message of a popular viral video produced by the Belgian Federation of the Financial Sector (Febelfin), which has so far been seen by more than one-and-a-half million people. In it, members of the public are invited to a very special mind-reading conducted by...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft is launching an attack-ad campaign, warning Safari users that Google might have tracked them without their permission, and promising that Bing won't do the same. It's not clear how widespread the campaign is, but it's certainly an attention-grabber. The campaign is based on a $22.5 million fine Google agreed to pay to the...