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12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google...
News Story
11/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Monday, Google agreed to pay 37 states to settle charges that in 2011 and 2012 it had ignored a key privacy feature embedded in Apple's Safari browser. As part of the deal, Google — while not admitting fault — has also vowed to stop using the code that lets it circumvent the controls. It's a significant victory for consumers...
News Release
11/18/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
News Story
11/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raleigh, N.C. — Google on Monday reached a $17 million settlement with North Carolina and 36 other U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia over its circumvention of privacy settings for some Internet users. Google will pay $17 million to the states and make changes to how it tracks consumers’ Internet surfing under a settlement...
News Story
11/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Among the details of Google's latest EU antitrust offer, which was leaked this week, is the appointment of an independent "monitoring trustee" to oversee Google's compliance over the next five years. However, Consumer Watchdog remains unimpressed, charging that none of the proposals in the document fix the underlying problem of...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest offer to settle a European investigation into the alleged abuse of its dominant positions in online search and advertising leaked out Wednesday, with one competitor calling it "a new form of abuse." The European Union's competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has praised Google's latest proposal as a "...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
REVEALED: Ad giant is now Trigger happy Google may have struck a deal with Brussels' competition chief to keep details of the ad giant's revised package of concessions over its search biz secret, but - perhaps inevitably - a copy of the offer has been leaked to The Register and other publications. An unnamed party sent El Reg a document...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources in possession of the originals, revealed the full remedies put forward by Google, the questionnaire that...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any amount paid to a blogger or other commenter that posts an opinion online, and where...
News Story
9/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into...