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News Release
2/22/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Release
2/17/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of a Stanford University researcher’s study that found Google has been violating people’s online privacy choices, Consumer Watchdog said today the Internet giant was lying to users and called for the Federal Trade Commission to act.  iPhone and iPad users were targeted. “Google has...
News Story
2/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An Apple spokesperson has said the company intends to stop allowing third-parties to gather and store entire address books without their knowledge or permission, but that's hardly something to celebrate, said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "All Apple is saying is that it will start to do what it has been implying all along that...
Blog Post
2/14/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through. What concerns both the European Commission and the U.S. Justice Department is how Google will use Motorola's powerful mobile...
News Release
8/29/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do Not Track Me” option is necessary to ensure consumers have an easy to use,...
Blog Post
5/19/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Politico Thursday described a turf battle between two powerful Senate Committees over privacy -- both have had hearings on smartphones and the mobile market -- and quoted some people as saying the power struggle doesn't bode well for needed privacy legislation. I don't agree.  There can't be anything better than having...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
The forty-state probe by attorneys general slowed after then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was elected to the U.S. Senate, but he clearly hasn't dropped his concerns. In a letter this week to the chief executives of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Research in Motion, Skyhook Wireless and Nokia, Blumenthal writes that widespread...