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Blog Post
2/8/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Our friends at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) went to court Wednesday to block Google from combining data gathered from its various services without users' consent. The Internet giant recently announced it would consolidate more than 60 privacy policies into one and that it would combine a user's data collected on...
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...
Blog Post
1/27/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Online privacy got a tremendous boost this week when the European Commission proposed its new data protection rules that -- among other important safeguards -- would prove for the "right to be forgotten" online. But that's not all that's been happening since I arrived in this city that is home to the...
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
12/21/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Facebook executives may finally be getting the message that they can't continue to ride rough shod over the privacy rights of the social network's uses. The Irish Data Commission announced Wednesday that Facebook has agreed to change its policies to improve transparency and better protect data of its users.  The agreement has...