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News Release
12/7/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog welcomed Microsoft’s announcement today that the company will offer “Tracking Protection” next year, but said robust “Do Not Track Me” legislation still must be passed by Congress. Microsoft said its Internet Explorer 9 browser will allow consumers to download lists of...
News Release
12/3/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON DC — The Federal Trade Commission repeated its support today for a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumer online privacy and Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to pass legislation necessary to implement the safeguard. Speaking at Consumer Watchdog’s Future of Online Consumer Protections Conference...
News Story
12/3/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Google takes issue with news reports this week, including our coverage, in which high-profile antitrust litigator Gary Reback and frequent Google critic Scott Cleland raised questions about the search giant’s business practices. “From a big picture perspective AT&T and Microsoft are working actively every day to try to gin up...
News Story
12/2/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, a House subcommittee will hold a hearing exploring whether Congress should require such an option.   The government has helped millions of Americans avoid annoying phone calls from telemarketers. Now, momentum is growing in Washington to give consumers the same power to block companies from tracking their every movement on...
Blog Post
12/1/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you wonder if you are being followed online and if anything can be done about it, take a look at the just-out Federal Trade Commission report on online privacy. A frightening amount of information is available about us online and the Federal Trade Commission has endorsed the notion of a "privacy by design" build-in for web...
News Story
12/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON -- Wading into the increasingly contentious debate over online privacy, the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday said Internet users ought to be able to easily block others from monitoring their online activity -- a move that could curtail the ability of advertisers such as Google to sell lucrative targeted ads to users. The...
News Story
12/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The Commerce Department believes industry practices to protect Internet users' privacy, such as the creation of a Do Not Track online tool, should be voluntary but enforceable, a department official said on Wednesday. "With or without legislation, we will have to upgrade the role of voluntary but enforceable codes of conduct,"...