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7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Association of National Advertisers is urging the Federal Trade Commission to reject a "misguided" effort to create a "right to be forgotten" in the United States. "Allowing the Right to Be Forgotten in the United States would cause serious and undue harm to the public’s right to determine for itself what is...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. Regulators would be violating the First Amendment if they were to force Google and other search engines to delist certain irrelevant search results at a user’s request, a major advertising trade group said Friday.   The Association of National Advertisers sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to “forcefully...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advertisers group backs Google, privacy advocates not so much Not surprisingly, Google is resisting a demand that it broaden the "right to be forgotten" by censoring search results worldwide, saying that allowing one country to censor the Web worldwide would start a "race to the bottom." "We believe that no one country...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group’s push to extend the E.U.’s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a “sweeping” negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said. The FTC should dismiss a July 7 complaint from Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
7/31/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
News Story
4/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Release
4/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson has called for regulators in the United States to follow the European Commission in challenging Google’s practices. The commission announced earlier this morning that it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging that it unfairly promotes Google Shopping, its product comparison service,...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...