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News Story
9/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Do Not Track (DNT) support is well under way at Google and will be available by the end of the year on its Chrome browser. Following suit of browsers Yahoo and Microsoft, Google's latest development is in response to the White House, FTC, and DAA's cry for consumer control and transparency with the use and collection of Internet consumer...
News Story
9/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Mobile Device Privacy Act on Wednesday, aimed at bringing greater transparency to third-party tracking of consumer devices (http://xrl.us/bnpg4t). The legislation follows last year's revelation that diagnostic analysis providers like Carrier IQ used software to collect certain user data from cellphones,...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge returned with a brief order on Tuesday that allows Consumer Watchdog to oppose Google's $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Last week, the California-based consumer group filed a motion in a bid to be able to submit briefs that formally oppose the settlement. The FTC and Google were able to settle out...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Opposition to Google's $22.5m privacy blunder settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission is heating up: lobby group Consumer Watchdog confirmed today it has won the right to file a brief against the deal. The search-and-ads giant had agreed to pay out after it was caught tracking users of Apple's web browser Safari by bypassing their...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A public interest group won the right to oppose a $22.5 million consumer lawsuit settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc. (GOOG) over a privacy breach of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Safari browser. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco last night gave attorneys for Consumer Watchdog until Sept. 21 to file a...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge has allowed a public interest group to challenge a $22.5 million fine Google agreed to pay earlier this month to settle allegations that it violated a consent decree it reached last year with the Federal Trade Commission related to violations of its privacy policies. The court ruled Tuesday that Consumer Watchdog, which has long...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
After a series of recent privacy gaffes, Google (GOOG) is soliciting software experts to apply for a special team of "back-end ninjas" who are focused on spotting and resolving user privacy issues in the company's products. Google won't say if its "Privacy Red Team" is new, but several outside observers said they hadn...
News Story
8/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The FTC fines Google a record $22.5 million for violating the privacy of people who used Apple's Safari Web browser even after pledging it would not. In levying a record $22.5-million fine against Google Inc., the Federal Trade Commission said it wanted to send a clear message to the Internet giant that it won't tolerate similar breaches...
News Story
8/9/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google agreed to pay a $22.5 million penalty — the largest ever levied by the Federal Trade Commission — to settle charges that it failed to honor the privacy settings of millions of people who use Apple’s Safari Web browser, regulators said Thursday. While the settlement had been widely reported prior to Thursday’s...
Blog Post
7/27/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake. "Google apologizes for its error," wrote Peter Fleischer...