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News Release
4/14/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Story
4/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
European Union officials will officially charge Google with illegally abusing its dominant market position in search Wednesday, several news organizations reported Tuesday afternoon.       The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times separately reported -- all based on anonymous sources -- that EU Competition...
News Release
2/6/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection should be implemented in the United States. “The right to be forgotten is an...
Blog Post
12/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Recent action by the 28 privacy regulators in Europe is focusing new attention on the so-called “right to be forgotten.”  The right is the topic this week at U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club where I make the case that the right simply brings into the Digital Age the protections of privacy by obscurity. Marc...
News Story
12/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Since a Court of Justice ruling in May, Europeans have had the right to ask Internet search engines like Google to remove links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive. Popularly, this has been dubbed the “right to be forgotten.” It’s an important way to protect privacy in...
News Story
11/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer rights group Consumer Watchdog has asked Google to voluntarily offer Americans the same right Europeans' now have to ask for certain links to be removed from the results of searches about them. Weeks after wrapping up a European tour to discuss concerns over the recent right to be forgotten ruling from the EU's top court, Google...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move earlier this week at a public meeting hosted by Google. The decision is a reaction to...
News Story
10/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are pushing for America to become like Europe and introduce a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet. The Consumer Watchdog organization has penned an open letter to Google, asking it to extend the controversial EU ruling to the United States. If it gets its way, it would mean that American citizens could also ask...
News Story
10/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The US should be more like Europe – and introduce the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling – says a top American consumer-defending organisation. In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page and exec chairman Eric Schmidt, Consumer Watchdog asked the search supremos to extend the EU's privacy ruling, dubbed the "...