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News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
News Story
1/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — For privacy advocates, these are heady days. European leaders are weighing tough new online data protection rules—and costly penalties for violators—for their 500 million residents. The courts and Congress have placed a bullseye on U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs. Even dictionary.com declared...
News Story
12/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The first price isn't the best price when you search online There’s a common saying about social media and other Internet companies: “If you’re not paying them anything, you’re not their customer; you’re what they’re selling.” So if you use web-based email or Facebook or Google or other free sites...
News Release
12/4/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today. “The way that the Internet giant is featuring results...
News Story
12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog. But Google said the top...
News Story
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...