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6/11/2013
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
6/11/2013
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
6/11/2013
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
6/11/2013
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
6/11/2013
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
5/14/2013
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
5/9/2013
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...
News Story
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson today introduced a bill that would require app makers to present privacy policies to users before they collect any data from their mobile devices and to securely maintain the data they collect.  The bill — called the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act, or Apps Act — essentially follows...
News Release
5/8/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   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...
News Story
5/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The APPS Act would require app developers to obtain consent before collecting personal data New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect. The Application Privacy, Protection and Security...