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11/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raleigh, N.C. — Google on Monday reached a $17 million settlement with North Carolina and 36 other U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia over its circumvention of privacy settings for some Internet users. Google will pay $17 million to the states and make changes to how it tracks consumers’ Internet surfing under a settlement...
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
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...
News Story
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...
News Story
6/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Not so fast, Google. The United States government has launched an inquiry into Google’s $1 billion purchase of Waze, a popular mobile mapping and traffic application, according to multiple reports, in the latest regulatory headache for the Silicon Valley tech titan. The Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry, which is still in a...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Story
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...
News Story
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...