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News Story
3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The firestorm over Google's new privacy policy, which is effective starting Thursday, likely won't end soon. The Web's leading search company drew fire early Thursday from Consumer Watchdog, which called the plan to offer a unified privacy covering all of Google (GOOG) Web products nothing more than "a spy policy."...
News Story
3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Defying strong opposition from many consumer groups around the globe, Google is imposing its new privacy policy on two billion users today - Google account holders and Android phone users are affected LONDON, United Kingdom -- Internet giant Google has ignored calls to delay the roll-out of its controversial new privacy policy and is enforcing...
News Story
2/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Two weeks after after EU bodies requested that Google “pause” the rolling out of its privacy policy updates, US not-for-profit organization Consumer Watchdog has written to the US House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, calling for CEO Larry Page to explain Google’s “disingenuous...
News Release
2/15/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy." Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
2/3/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised European data protection authorities for asking Google to delay implementation of its new privacy and data policies and said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should determine whether the new policies violate the terms of Google’s consent agreement with the commission. Under the new...
News Story
1/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Europe appears poised to enact strict new privacy regulations geared to protect consumer data, but the debate is far from over. Representatives of businesses, particularly e-commerce companies, are descending on Brussels to plead their case. Any company that sells anything to an EU citizen -- even if that firm doesn't have a presence in...
News Story
1/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The EU Commission announced sweeping Internet privacy recommendations Wednesday, in the first step toward a single policy for Europe regulating the amount and types of data that can be collected and held by Facebook, Google (GOOG) and any Internet company. Observers say it's unclear if the recommendations could be a financial...
News Story
1/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Some U.S. tech industry officials said Wednesday that they worry that the European Commission's proposed changes to its privacy rules could be costly for them to comply with and may hamper innovation. "We welcome revisions that would make it easier for global companies to demonstrate compliance with the EU privacy regime, and to ease...
News Release
1/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
BRUSSELS – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based consumer advocacy group, today called for the EU’s antitrust regulators to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and ultimately issue a formal antitrust complaint against the Internet giant’s ongoing business practices.  “The Commission’s role in...
Blog Post
8/12/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
I remember as a young newspaper reporter going to different jurisdictions where public records were kept and putting together background information on an individual. I had to have a compelling reason to do it, because although the records were public, it  took considerable effort to gather the information.  With the Internet and the...