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News Story
6/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's motto is “don’t be evil.” But its recent acquisition of Waze, reportedly for $1 billion in cash, shows that just because you’re not evil, it doesn’t mean you can’t be aggressive in pushing the boundaries of the law. The question now is whether the United States government pushes back and forces...
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
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Technology innovations have served to strip away privacy. They could also be the key to restoring it. When it comes to preserving their privacy in the digital age, many Americans may feel as if they are caught between King Kong and Godzilla. King Kong would be the wireless giants, Internet providers, and social-media platforms looming over the...
News Release
6/12/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on federal regulators to block Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Waze, developers of a mobile mapping application, on antitrust grounds.   The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group made the case against the deal in letters to both the Department of Justice and the...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. antitrust agencies should block Google's proposed acquisition of crowdsourced mapping app Waze because the deal would take away Google's major competitor in mobile maps, consumer group Consumer Watchdog said. Google's proposed acquisition [1] would remove the most "viable" competitor to Google Maps on mobile devices,...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's acquisition of Israeli maps and traffic data firm Waze should be blocked on antitrust grounds, according to Consumer Watchdog. It is calling on regulators in the United States to block the billion dollar acquisition, writing to both the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and to the Federal Trade Commission. The deal will require...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
US pressure group asks Department of Justice to investigate search giant's $1.3bn takeover of Israel-based traffic app The US Department of Justice has been urged to block Google's $1.3bn acquisition of the traffic app Waze, on antitrust grounds. John Simpson, the privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, a US pressure group, has...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog believes that with Google’s purchase of competing major maps app Waze, the company is in prime position to take over the maps market. The group wrote a letter “urging’ the Federal Trade Commission to block the acquisition deal today. Yesterday, Google confirmed that is purchasing Waze, a maps app that focused on...
News Story
5/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices. According to a release, the bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). The bill would...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The mobile industry's efforts to convince lawmakers that self-regulation alone is the best way to address growing concerns over privacy-invading mobile applications appears to be running into some headwind. On Thursday, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced new legislation that would require mobile application developers to provide clear...