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News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. “This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward,” said John M...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It would extend digital privacy protections to teens 13-15 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation today that would impose new restrictions on companies' ability to collect data from children. The “Do Not Track Kids” Act would amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by prohibiting Web companies from collecting personal information from teens under 16 without...
News Story
10/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tech companies, online advertisers and privacy advocates will continue their attempts to outline a Do Not Track tool will continue, co-chairs of the World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track working group said Tuesday. The group — which is trying to create a tool that would allow users to opt-out of online tracking — has faced...
News Story
10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The following letter to the editor was published in The New York Times on Saturday, October 12, 2013: To the Editor: Your editorial urging “lawmakers to pass legislation that sets clear rules that would regulate and limit how businesses collect personal information, what they can use it for and how long they keep it” is absolutely...
News Story
10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has altered its Terms of Service to allow it to plaster users' names, photos and lots of other info all over relevant ads, a move that has privacy advocates up in arms. True, there are opt-out provisions, but essentially Google wants "to turn their users into unpaid pitchmen for advertisers," said Consumer Watchdog's John...
News Story
10/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Users will be able to opt out of Google featuring their names and photos in shared endorsements IDG News Service (Washington, D.C., Bureau) — Google will feature users in advertisements that run on its suite of websites when those users recommend products or stores. Starting Nov. 11, Google ads will begin to feature recommendations that...
News Story
10/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium -- which has been trying for two years to come up with privacy standards for online behavioral advertising -- remains as hopelessly divided as ever. The latest conflict centers on whether the group should even continue with the privacy initiative. This week, the W3C polled members of the...
News Story
10/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates and online advertiser groups called for the end to a process that would create a way for users to opt out of being tracked online The group, convened by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), voted Wednesday on how the group should move forward after two years of missed deadlines and tense disagreements over creating a Do Not...
News Story
10/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A new California Do Not Track law will put pressure on other online privacy initiatives, including attempts to develop a tool that would allow users to opt-out of online tracking across the Internet. The law – which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday – requires websites to tell users if and how they can opt-out of online tracking...