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Blog Post
4/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint  alleged that the Internet giant...
News Story
4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission is getting quite an earful over the pending July 1 implementation date for the updates to the children's online privacy laws. On Monday, a request for a six-month delay made recently by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Applications Developers Alliance turned into a war of letters, one from 19 privacy...
News Release
4/21/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile...
News Story
4/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy Groups Complain Progress Is Too Slow The Do Not Track privacy hearing called by Sen. Jay Rockefeller for Wednesday before the commerce committee is bound to feature some fireworks. That's because Rockefeller has shown himself to be no fan of the advertising industry's self-regulating Ad Choices program, which gives consumers the...
News Story
4/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Several consumer privacy groups said Monday that they support a bill from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would require the Federal Trade Commission to set standards for companies to ensure they will offer consumers the ability to opt-out of online tracking. The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action,...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
News Story
4/1/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Alma Whitten worked at Google since 2003. She took over as Google's privacy director in 2010. Following the resignation some privacy advocates have questioned whether Whitten succeeded in bringing stronger privacy regulations to Google. "During her 10 years at Google, Alma has done so much to improve our products and protect our users,...
Blog Post
4/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday.  Since word of her departure came out on April Fools' Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company's annual elaborate pranks like its "announcement" of a new service called "Google Nose." I mean how many...
Blog Post
3/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers -- after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA). We've also expressed...
Blog Post
3/21/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant's smaller rivals aren't hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States. The companies, organized by the British shopping comparison...