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News Release
10/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the European data commissioners for rebuking Google’s unilateral merging of privacy policies and data across its various product lines and called on the Federal Trade Commission to act to protect U.S. consumers. “Google acted in complete disregard for legitimate privacy concerns...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A European Union group on Tuesday sought changes to Google's recently updated privacy policy, including urging the company to release more information about its use of the personal data it collects on users. On Tuesday, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, which identifies itself as an advisory group made up of government privacy...
News Story
9/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It woke you up this morning. While you were scarfing down cereal, it told you when to head to the gym. On the way there, it showed you how far you ran and how much you lifted last time and what your goals for today should be. After the workout, it told you to hurry up if you were going to make that 9 a.m. meeting and suggested a quicker route to...
Blog Post
7/25/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google -- facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion -- is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators' objections without having to pay a fine. It's not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States.  Joaquin...
Blog Post
7/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration launched its "multistakeholder" privacy deliberations last week, but its difficult to see how there will be meaningful results unless Team Obama changes its tactics.   You'll remember that last February the White House released its landmark privacy report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World...
News Story
5/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
European privacy regulators are breathing down Google's neck over the changes the search giant recently made to its policies. CNIL has pelted Google with numerous requests for details about how it would execute its policies, and so far isn't satisfied with the answers it's been getting. Stonewalling is Google's M.O. when it comes...
News Release
5/21/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Commission’s finding that Google’s business practices may violate antitrust law, but predicted that the Internet giant will not offer meaningful remedies voluntarily.  The nonpartisan, nonpartisan group said antitrust officials on both sides of the Atlantic...
News Release
3/16/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was...
News Story
3/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google should not have pushed through its privacy policy changes in the face of conflicts with European data protection laws, according to EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding The European Union’s Justice Commissioner is certain Google’s new product policy privacy changes violate European laws and was irked the search giant...
News Release
3/1/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – As Google today killed 60 separate “privacy” policies for its services and said it would now combine data between services despite widespread objection, Consumer Watchdog said the new unified policy isn’t a privacy policy; it is a “spy policy.” “Calling this a ‘privacy policy...