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News Story
11/16/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A proposed $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach is on the verge of winning court approval, despite a consumer rights group's cry for tougher punishment. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston told lawyers during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco that she is likely to approve the fine, which is the cornerstone...
News Story
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission's proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for privacy violations doesn't impose stringent enough conditions on the company, the group Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. The tentative deal does not "prevent Google from continuing to profit from the misconduct that it previously engaged in,...
News Story
10/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A San Francisco court will hear arguments next month against a proposed US$22.5 million privacy settlement between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, over Google's use of cookies to track the Web movements of users running Apple's Safari browser. The settlement, the largest ever secured by the FTC for violating one of its...
Blog Post
10/1/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
One of the things you hear when companies try to minimize the impact of privacy violations is an attempt to claim there was no financial harm to consumers. However, in an interesting development the Federal Trade Commission is now publicly estimating that Google's hack around Apple's Safari browser privacy settings earned the Internet...
News Story
9/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. The consumer advocacy group also complains that the FTC does not have a permanent injunction against Google for violating the earlier “Buzz”...
News Release
9/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. "The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient," the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. The group...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft is launching an attack-ad campaign, warning Safari users that Google might have tracked them without their permission, and promising that Bing won't do the same. It's not clear how widespread the campaign is, but it's certainly an attention-grabber. The campaign is based on a $22.5 million fine Google agreed to pay to the...
News Story
8/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge has allowed privacy group Consumer Watchdog to move forward with an effort to oppose a US$22.5 million privacy settlement between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Consumer Watchdog opposes the settlement because Google did not admit that it violated a previous privacy agreement with the FTC. The FTC accused Google of placing...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization is up in arms over a recent settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the search giant's privacy practices. The organization has filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for allowance to oppose the settlement because it has been deemed too lenient a...