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News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of mimes in track suits weren't exactly silent as they called attention to Google's online tracking practices Thursday. To dramatize the issue, the group pretended to track Google shareholders who stood in Shoreline Amphitheatre's parking lot on June 21, waiting to get on a shuttle to Google headquarters for the shareholder...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog demonstrator Don McLeod protests in front of a Google shareholder outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, June 21, 2012 before the shareholders meeting. Protestors demonstrated to help raise awareness of Google's online tracking policy. They are calling for legislation for "Do Not...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Larry Page was missing in action Thursday at Google’s annual meeting because he had lost his voice. Eric Schmidt, the company’s former chief executive and now executive chairman, pinch-hit. Mr. Schmidt did not explain what happened but made clear it was serious enough that Mr. Page had already canceled his appearance at a major...
News Story
6/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Originally posted on 6.18.2012 on POLITICO. You can view it here. A billionaire media mogul is forced to take responsibility after his employees hack into the private communications of families and use the information for his media empire’s profit. He insists top executives did not know and a few rogue employees were to blame. But the...
News Release
6/19/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Washington, DC – In an opinion piece published in POLITICO today, Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson compare the treatment of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch – who was called before Parliament in Britain to answer for hacking into the private phone records of families – and the kid glove treatment Google CEO...
Blog Post
5/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google's executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company's activities. It wasn't a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used...
News Release
5/17/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today countered Google’s objections to the Federal Communications Commission’s release of detailed documents about the Commission’s investigation of how Google hacked into private Wi-Fi networks and sought broad disclosure of the documents’ contents. Consumer Watchdog has filed...
News Story
5/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In its relatively short lifespan, Google has turned into a real-life Zardoz, the all-knowing stone head that dominates a post-apocalyptic Earth in the 1974 science fiction film of the same name. But unlike the openly malevolent Zardoz, Google cloaks itself in a do-no-evil mantle. But that mantle, like the curtain that shielded the ill-fated...
News Story
5/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group wants all the documents connected with the FCC's investigation, while some European regulators may give the Google program a new look. The controversy surrounding Google’s Street View initiative collecting personal data from unprotected private WiFi networks is not dying out, fueled by revelations that a...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Marius Milner, who created the code that enabled Street View vehicles to capture personal data from WiFi networks, has worked at the company since 2003. The Google engineer behind the software code used to collect wireless network data and personal information in connection with the company’s Street View program has been identified as a...