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9/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail, but consumer advocates claim it is an invasion of privacy.
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9/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Data services company Acxiom will launch AboutTheData.com “overnight,” a website that allows consumers to access their personal data and edit inaccurate entries. This is in line with frequent requests made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has been asking so-called data brokers for more transparency. In a March 2012 FTC...
News Story
6/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
From the there-oughtta-be-a-law department comes a proposal by a Federal Trade Commissioner, no less, to require big companies to pull back the curtains on their Big Data activities. Consumers should be able to exercise some control over their own data, argued Commissioner Julie Brill. The idea may be laudable, but implementation would likely be...
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6/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Not so fast, Google. The United States government has launched an inquiry into Google’s $1 billion purchase of Waze, a popular mobile mapping and traffic application, according to multiple reports, in the latest regulatory headache for the Silicon Valley tech titan. The Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry, which is still in a...
Blog Post
6/24/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Less than two weeks ago after Google said it was buying Waze, developer of a mobile mapping application, for a reported $1.1 billion, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped in and said in effect, "wait just a minute here." Word of the FTC's antitrust investigation was originally reported over the weekend by the New York Post and...
News Story
6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog's action follows demands from consumer groups and is part of scrutiny of tech pioneer across the globe Waze: Google's acquisition is being investigated by the US FTC The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google's $1.3bn acquisition of the crowdsourced traffic-mapping and navigation company Waze, the...
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6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google revealed that Federal Trade Commission attorneys are investigating its $1.1 billion acquisition of Israeli crowdsourced location services firm Waze. A Google spokesperson confirmed the rumored antitrust review to The Wall Street Journal but declined to comment on details. Lawyers familiar with the antitrust investigation process say...
News Story
6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the company has been contacted by the Federal Trade Commission for an official antitrust review of Google's $1.1 billion (£716 million) acquisition of Waze, announced earlier this month. Neither Google representatives nor representatives from the Federal Trade Commission are...
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6/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal Trade Commission to examine possible anti-trust issues in Internet search giant's $1 billion acquisition of Israeli social mapping service, which may force Google to re-sell company The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Google’s $1 billion acquisition of Israeli company Waze, the New York Post reported...
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...