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Blog Post
6/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Microsoft has just announced that the newest version of its popular browser, Internet Explorer 10, will come with the privacy friendly feature, "Do Not Track" already turned on by default.  Now since I've been pushing for Do Not Track implementation for at least the last two years, I should be rejoicing, right? Would that...
News Story
5/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog says it took no money from rivals The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and a top FTC staffer traded emails in 2010 about whether Facebook and other tech companies were secretly funding a nonprofit group pushing hard for regulators to investigate Google Inc. The messages, revealed in internal emails recently obtained by The...
News Story
2/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid swirling discussion on how tech companies handle privacy issues, Google on Thursday became the latest Internet giant to support adding a do-not-track button to its Web browser. No time frame was set for changing the Chrome browser to include a do-not-track feature, which would prevent companies from using information gleaned from a user...
News Release
2/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Getting a divided Congress to pass any hard-edged privacy legislation is the next big hurdle President Obama faces in getting his Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights made the law of the land. “We urge the Administration to ensure that it carries out this process in a fair and transparent manner, and that consumer voices are heard and acted...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Cali's chief legal bod strong-arms mobile software stores Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement [1] agreed by all major app sellers. Under the new rule, anyone downloading a...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's administration has released a set of guidelines addressing online consumer privacy. Representatives from several business and consumer groups will meet to mull the outline and make their recommendations, after which the White House aims to work with Congress in developing legislation based on the plan. Undeterred by its...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates indicated Thursday that they expect to have a key role in helping to implement the Obama administration's "privacy bill of rights" released on Thursday. The administration's privacy policy, included in a Commerce Department report, calls on Congress to pass legislation that details how personal data should...
News Story
1/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google vaulted over Microsoft in money paid out to lobby the federal government, paying $9.7 million in 2011, up from $5.2 million in all of 2010. Media and pundits like to point out the increasing parallels between Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google, the Web application superpower that long ago passed the desktop software giant in online user...
News Release
11/21/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said executives of leading Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! should face criminal charges for their roles in allowing mortgage modification ad scammers to advertise on their sites. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group’s call came as the Office of the Special Inspector General for...