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News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
10/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying US legislators last quarter, according to latest disclosures Google still leads consumer technology companies when it comes to lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill, but Facebook, Apple, and others are increasing their efforts. The search giant spent $3.4 million on lobbying in the third fiscal quarter of...
News Release
10/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
News Story
9/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In early 2011, Mozilla added a do-not-track feature in its Firefox browser that allowed users to clearly state that they didn't want their online activities monitored by websites and advertisers. Other browser vendors soon followed suit, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, seemingly handing consumers a simple way to protect their...
News Story
8/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) may be proving Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) right after all? Is everything copasetic with the Samsung Galaxy S4 that runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean? Is it really true that the Moto X will truly have a stock Android "Google Edition" device? We address each of these three questions below in a Monday...
News Story
8/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Those who fear the Google machine, get ready to be more scared at the search engine. In a recent filing unearthed by a California-based consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google has said that users should never expect that their communications should be kept private – ever. The comments were made in a brief by Google in its...
News Story
8/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
As tensions worsen among privacy-focused email users amid the escalating scandal surrounding government surveillance, a brief filed by attorneys for Google has surfaced showing that Gmail users should never expect their communications to be kept secret. Consumer Watchdog has unearthed a July 13, 2013 motion filed by Google’s attorneys with...
News Story
8/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s attorneys told a federal judge that its practice of reading Gmail users’ emails to pick which ads it shows is like a secretary opening a business letter. Consumer Watchdog posted Google’s filing at the U.S. District Court of Northern California, which says in part: Just as a sender of a letter to a...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In this post-PRISM era, it's only natural to assume your Internet activity is an open book -- and you may just be right. "Always assume anything you put into a computer can be read by someone else and act accordingly," said John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. How to reclaim some of that lost privacy? Start...