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7/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Technology companies continued to pump money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter, with Google leading the pack spending $3.36 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Microsoft spent...
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7/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lobbying from tech firms: Technology firms spent millions on lobbying during the second quarter of 2013, according to public records released by the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives. The public interest group Consumer Watchdog crunched some numbers based on the reports and said Tuesday that Facebook spending rose $1.06 million...
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7/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Up to 50% of web users' browsers are sending "Do Not Track" (DNT) signals to advertisers, and the ad business is considering abandoning its insistence that it will ignore many of those signals, according to a transcript of a conference call between officials trying to reach a consensus on the use of tracking cookies. Interactive...
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6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executives hoped skepticism about Google Glass would die down, they had to be disappointed by questions they fielded at their shareholder meeting. John Simpson, the Privacy Policy Director at Consumer Watchdog, took the microphone at the meeting and called Google’s banning Glass there “hypocritical...
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6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid public outrage that the United States has been secretly mining data on foreigners through partnerships with nine U.S. tech giants — a story that broke late last week after The Guardian and The Washington Post published a series of leaked PowerPoint slides related to the program — many people have pointed out that one name is...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The revelations in the Washington Post's report on PRISM trains the spotlight on a sticky dilemma. PRISM is a U.S. government anti-terrorism surveillance program that hinges on data mining of Internet traffic records contributed by Microsoft, Google and several other tech giants, It's hard to argue against leaving no stone unturned in...
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6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have access to servers at Google, Facebook, and other major Internet services, collecting audio, video, email, and other content for surveillance, the Washington Post and the Guardian reported on Thursday. The surveillance is taking place in real time under a classified program...
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6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
New documents reveal that the National Security Agency and the FBI are secretly gathering data from nine large U.S. internet companies. The Washington Post reported that the secret wiretapping program codenamed PRISM may be unprecedented. The internet companies involved include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and...
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6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft was the first to partner with the NSA in 2007, according to the once-secret PRISM PowerPoint deck. Other big-name tech companies followed, and even the obscure PalTalk joined the fray. But, quite conspiculously, Twitter never joined the government snooping program—there's no reference to the company in the NSA...
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5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working group that has struggled to reach agreement on industry do not track rules has decided to press on with the effort, after making progress in some areas and issuing a consensus document during a May 6-8 meeting in Sunnyvale, Calif. W3C is an international organization that develops internet standards. The...