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News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There are a lot of things that we wish we could forget and probably even more things that we want everyone else to forget. The Internet and social media has made that pretty much all but impossible. If you don’t believe me, just ask any politician. So much information is being gathered about you every time you visit a site. This is mostly...
News Release
10/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google, which is now forced to honor the “Right To Be Forgotten” in Europe as the result of a high court decision, should voluntarily offer the same privacy protection to users in the United States after Google’s own analysis shows the right is being successfully implemented, Consumer Watchdog said today...
Blog Post
10/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Since The European Court of Justice ruled  that citizens of the European Union have a “right to be be forgotten” Google and other search engine operators have been doing their best to undermine the court’s decision.  Instead — if they would actually listen to their users — they would be figuring out how to...
News Story
10/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp and a coalition of like-minded travel and shopping websites have created an elegant demonstration of the way they say Google biases search results in favor of Google's pages. It's a Chrome browser extension that Yelp says strips Google+ pages from Google's search results, forcing the search engine to display only the "organic...
News Story
10/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp-led consortium wants third party sites included in top results. Yesterday a new anti-Google consortium called “Focus on the User” launched a website that cleverly uses Google’s own words and algorithm to make an argument against Google+ Local (map pack) search results. It also operates as a concrete proposal that might...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp, TripAdvisor and their allies launched a new effort Monday to convince European antitrust officials to force Google to stop promoting its own online services at the expense of its rivals. The companies unveiled a new website, Focus on the User, which explains why they’re concerned that Google is making it harder for consumers to find...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Wikimedia's impassioned argument against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law has generated some head-scratching. "I don't think they understand the privacy issues involved," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "No one is saying Wikipedia has to take down anything -- just that the link from anyone's...
News Story
7/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Implementation of the EU's right-to-be-forgotten policy appears to have hit some snags, as privacy regulators tussle with search engines over how they handle link removals. The right to be forgotten is the foundation of a directive allowing citizens to have links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive"...
News Story
6/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has started removing some search results in the EU following an EU court telling it last month to respond to requests by people seeking the ''right to be forgotten,'' Bloomberg reports. The company started offering an online tool to allow people to ask for search results to be redacted after the EU Court of Justice ruled on...