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News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. Regulators would be violating the First Amendment if they were to force Google and other search engines to delist certain irrelevant search results at a user’s request, a major advertising trade group said Friday.   The Association of National Advertisers sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to “forcefully...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advertisers group backs Google, privacy advocates not so much Not surprisingly, Google is resisting a demand that it broaden the "right to be forgotten" by censoring search results worldwide, saying that allowing one country to censor the Web worldwide would start a "race to the bottom." "We believe that no one country...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group’s push to extend the E.U.’s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a “sweeping” negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said. The FTC should dismiss a July 7 complaint from Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
7/31/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Story
7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Licensing terms prohibit competing companies from letting consumers know of better music deals Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called on the U.S....
News Story
7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Al Franken is particularly concerned about whether Apple has stymied competition in the music-streaming business by controlling its own application marketplace. Apple's streaming-music service may have debuted only a few weeks ago, but already one senator is concerned that the iPhone maker could become a dominant, anticompetitive force. US...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group is asking federal regulators to look at whether Apple broke antitrust rules while establishing its new music service. “Based on information received by our group, Apple’s new streaming music service raises serious antitrust concerns that require the government to put limitations on Apple as it develops its service if...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is accusing Apple of doing with Apple Music what it attempted to do with iBooks.  The public interest group is sending a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice asking the agencies to look into the matter and prevent Apple from taking over the streaming music business. Apple...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog warns FTC about streaming dominance Consumer Watchdog has asked the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate Apple's new streaming music service, suggesting the company is trying to drive out "freemium" (commercial sponsored) services and unfairly dominate the sector. Apple announced its Apple Music...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Is Apple playing dirty when it comes to its new music-streaming service? A consumer group has called for an FTC antirust investigation into not-new allegations that Apple is trying to kill the free tier offered by competing streaming services. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission, saying that it...