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News Story
6/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Originally posted on 6.18.2012 on POLITICO. You can view it here. A billionaire media mogul is forced to take responsibility after his employees hack into the private communications of families and use the information for his media empire’s profit. He insists top executives did not know and a few rogue employees were to blame. But the...
Blog Post
5/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google's executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company's activities. It wasn't a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used...
News Release
4/23/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
WASHINGTON DC -- Google continues to pump record amounts into its effort to influence federal legislators and policymakers, spending $5.03 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2012, a 240 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago, according to new disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Consumer...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
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...
Blog Post
7/22/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Part of Google's appeal has been the way its executives have been able to portray the Internet giant as not a typical corporateering behemoth simply focused on fattening the bottom line. It's mission is to "organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful."  Its often-cited motto is...