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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Cali's chief legal bod strong-arms mobile software stores Mobile software that meddles with your sensitive info must have privacy polices and must display them clearly, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris declared yesterday in a statement [1] agreed by all major app sellers. Under the new rule, anyone downloading a...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's administration has released a set of guidelines addressing online consumer privacy. Representatives from several business and consumer groups will meet to mull the outline and make their recommendations, after which the White House aims to work with Congress in developing legislation based on the plan. Undeterred by its...
News Story
2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates indicated Thursday that they expect to have a key role in helping to implement the Obama administration's "privacy bill of rights" released on Thursday. The administration's privacy policy, included in a Commerce Department report, calls on Congress to pass legislation that details how personal data should...
News Release
11/21/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said executives of leading Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! should face criminal charges for their roles in allowing mortgage modification ad scammers to advertise on their sites. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group’s call came as the Office of the Special Inspector General for...
News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The federal organization overseeing the administration of funds from the 2008 bailout has cracked down on alleged scams that used Bing and Yahoo to lure vulnerable homeowners with ads for bogus mortgage modification deals. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, last week shut down 85...
News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal regulators shut down mortgage-modification scams running as ads on Yahoo and Bing, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said on Monday. Similar ads on Google were shut down last week. The ads falsely promised to lower homeowners’ mortgages in exchange for a fee, often even diverting mortgage...
News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP) — A criminal investigation into mortgage swindlers has expanded beyond deceptive advertising on Google's Internet search engine to root out con artists who were luring their victims on Bing and Yahoo, too. Monday's news of the widening probe confirmed that the Internet's three largest search engines had...