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News Story
7/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers would get greater privacy control, but first, experts must agree   Washington -- The White House wants a "Do Not Track" option put on websites to give consumers greater control of their personal information online but Internet companies and privacy groups are at odds on how tight the controls should be. The...
News Story
7/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google may not miss the $22 million it's likely to lose over its Safari browser shenanigans, but it's probably none too pleased over earning the distinction of being socked with the biggest fine the FTC has ever levied. "It will be an official part of Google's privacy rap sheet forever," noted GoogleMonitor.com's Scott...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The application of constitutional protections in the digital world is far from clear, in many cases, but law enforcement agencies aren't waiting for permission to access data -- they're bombarding providers with requests for information. "It is an outrageous intrusion on users' privacy and potentially troublesome in terms of our...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is poised to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who rely on Apple's Safari browser, according to a person familiar with settlement. The person who spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday asked not to be identified...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google would pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission, a record fine for the agency, under a tentative deal settling allegations that the search giant bypassed privacy settings on Apple computers, smartphones and tablets, according to people familiar with the agreement. The deal, which would require the final approval of the...
News Story
7/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do autonomous cars driven by robots like those Google is developing have to do with your privacy? If the answer is nothing, then why won't Google and the author of a bill to allow them on California highways accept an amendment requiring that the new technology collect only data necessary for the operation of the vehicle and no other...
News Release
6/25/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on our highways unless strong privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented, Consumer Watchdog told the California Assembly’s Transportation Committee today. The Committee holds a hearing today on SB 1298, the bill that would allow so-called...
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says Google is going to go willy-nilly with data collection for autonomous vehicles, and the California bill shouldn't get the green light without more restrictions. Internet companies do whatever they want and it needs to stop, a consumer group said in an argument calling for more privacy protection in robotic cars...
Video
6/24/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Protests outside Google's shareholders meeting in Mountain View took on a circus-like look Thursday afternoon. Mimes dressed in track suits followed shareholders into the annual meeting. As shareholders lined up to register for the meeting, Consumer Watchdog's Google track team pretended to spy on them. The mimes provided the humor...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity. A full set of free-use photos of the event...