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News Release
7/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued pumping record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google’s second quarter lobbying spending soared 90...
News Story
7/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers would get greater privacy control, but first, experts must agree   Washington -- The White House wants a "Do Not Track" option put on websites to give consumers greater control of their personal information online but Internet companies and privacy groups are at odds on how tight the controls should be. The...
News Story
7/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google may not miss the $22 million it's likely to lose over its Safari browser shenanigans, but it's probably none too pleased over earning the distinction of being socked with the biggest fine the FTC has ever levied. "It will be an official part of Google's privacy rap sheet forever," noted GoogleMonitor.com's Scott...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google would pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission, a record fine for the agency, under a tentative deal settling allegations that the search giant bypassed privacy settings on Apple computers, smartphones and tablets, according to people familiar with the agreement. The deal, which would require the final approval of the...
News Story
7/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do autonomous cars driven by robots like those Google is developing have to do with your privacy? If the answer is nothing, then why won't Google and the author of a bill to allow them on California highways accept an amendment requiring that the new technology collect only data necessary for the operation of the vehicle and no other...
News Story
6/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
$199 tablet's goal: 'Simple, beautiful and really smart' Google, acknowledging that the fast-emerging tablet market is too important to leave to others, said Wednesday it'll sell a tablet computer and a media player, expanding its hardware business to compete more directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Apple's iPad and...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity. A full set of free-use photos of the event...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of mimes in track suits weren't exactly silent as they called attention to Google's online tracking practices Thursday. To dramatize the issue, the group pretended to track Google shareholders who stood in Shoreline Amphitheatre's parking lot on June 21, waiting to get on a shuttle to Google headquarters for the shareholder...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog demonstrator Don McLeod protests in front of a Google shareholder outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, June 21, 2012 before the shareholders meeting. Protestors demonstrated to help raise awareness of Google's online tracking policy. They are calling for legislation for "Do Not...
News Story
6/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Larry Page was missing in action Thursday at Google’s annual meeting because he had lost his voice. Eric Schmidt, the company’s former chief executive and now executive chairman, pinch-hit. Mr. Schmidt did not explain what happened but made clear it was serious enough that Mr. Page had already canceled his appearance at a major...