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News Story
8/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s attorneys told a federal judge that its practice of reading Gmail users’ emails to pick which ads it shows is like a secretary opening a business letter. Consumer Watchdog posted Google’s filing at the U.S. District Court of Northern California, which says in part: Just as a sender of a letter to a...
News Story
8/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
"My guess is this is seen as either a starting point or just enough to placate the more vocal proponents of privacy protections," said developer Steven Bristol. "I'd say it's more to placate than anything else." Legislation to ensure consumer privacy is needed, he suggested, because "Americans aren't very good...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In this post-PRISM era, it's only natural to assume your Internet activity is an open book -- and you may just be right. "Always assume anything you put into a computer can be read by someone else and act accordingly," said John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. How to reclaim some of that lost privacy? Start...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are coming out against a new code of conduct for mobile app data collection. The first-draft initiative—composed by technology companies, consumer advocate groups and trade associations and revealed last week on NTIA’s website—is meant to boost transparency between consumers and app developers but advocates...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a draft code of conduct for mobile apps, which has been criticised by consumer groups. If the guidelines are adopted, app publishers will need to provide short form notices telling consumers whether their data is being collected and how it’s being used. The...
News Story
7/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
After a year, an effort by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to facilitate the development of a voluntary code of conduct on mobile privacy has resulted in what is viewed as an unfinished product that is moving into the testing phase with the support of several leading industry and consumer organizations. The process...
News Release
7/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Story
7/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium has unequivocally rejected the ad industry's proposal that it should be able to continue using behavioral targeting techniques to serve ads to people with do-not-track turned on. In a decision issued last night, the co-chairs made clear that the ad industry's proposal was...
News Story
7/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Up to 50% of web users' browsers are sending "Do Not Track" (DNT) signals to advertisers, and the ad business is considering abandoning its insistence that it will ignore many of those signals, according to a transcript of a conference call between officials trying to reach a consensus on the use of tracking cookies. Interactive...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...