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6/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google plans to corner the wind energy market in New Jersey. It’s a first-of-its kind venture that could cost Google and its partners $1.3 billion, but one Google believes fits its core mission: You can make money without doing evil. It’s all well and good until you look at the fine print. If the project goes as planned, Google wins a...
News Story
6/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On September 21, 2011, members of a working group tasked with creating a new set of industry standards for online privacy gathered for their first official face-to-face meeting. One by one, representatives from Yahoo, Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and elsewhere arrived at the Stata Center, the...
News Story
6/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Encrypting data may not guard against surveillance, some experts say, while others argue in favor of taking steps to protect privacy If you're thinking about encrypting email in light of revelations about U.S. government spying, you may be wasting your time. Recent leaks about surveillance efforts by the secretive National Security Agency have...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies named as PRISM participants now admit their involvement and are asking the government to allow them to clarify the extent of their participation to the public. "It's clear their reputations have been damaged, probably with good cause," said John Simpson, privacy project director at...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is in a mad scramble to distance itself from the National Security Administration's controversial Prism data mining program. So are Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, Skype (now part of Microsoft) and Paltalk -- the other tech companies mentioned in PowerPoint slides depicting the Prism program, slides that were leaked by...
News Release
6/11/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...
News Story
6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executives hoped skepticism about Google Glass would die down, they had to be disappointed by questions they fielded at their shareholder meeting. John Simpson, the Privacy Policy Director at Consumer Watchdog, took the microphone at the meeting and called Google’s banning Glass there “hypocritical...
News Story
6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid public outrage that the United States has been secretly mining data on foreigners through partnerships with nine U.S. tech giants — a story that broke late last week after The Guardian and The Washington Post published a series of leaked PowerPoint slides related to the program — many people have pointed out that one name is...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tight security restrictions at Thursday's Google shareholder meeting led even the company's much-hyped Google Glass technology to be banned, infuriating a consumer watchdog group who accused the tech giant of hypocrisy. Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display that's in prototype and lets users search the web,...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Every day, it seems the list of places geeks can wear their Google Glasses gets shorter and shorter. What about the Googleplex itself? Google held its annual shareholders meeting Thursday afternoon in Mountain View, and banned anyone from taking anything into the meeting that was capable of recording the proceedings—no cameras, no recording...