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News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The search giant has posted a job notice for a data privacy engineer for its privacy "red team." Less than two weeks after agreeing to pay a $22.5 million fine for violating the privacy of the users of Apple's Safari web browser, Google is beefing up its privacy team to make sure that past mistakes aren't repeated. The search...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
After a series of recent privacy gaffes, Google (GOOG) is soliciting software experts to apply for a special team of "back-end ninjas" who are focused on spotting and resolving user privacy issues in the company's products. Google won't say if its "Privacy Red Team" is new, but several outside observers said they hadn...
News Story
7/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google may not miss the $22 million it's likely to lose over its Safari browser shenanigans, but it's probably none too pleased over earning the distinction of being socked with the biggest fine the FTC has ever levied. "It will be an official part of Google's privacy rap sheet forever," noted GoogleMonitor.com's Scott...
News Release
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission reportedly plans to fine Google $22.5 million for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads that use Apple’s Safari browser. Consumer Watchdog praised the Commission today for its expected strong action defending consumer privacy. Consumer Watchdog had filed a complaint in...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is poised to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who rely on Apple's Safari browser, according to a person familiar with settlement. The person who spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday asked not to be identified...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google would pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission, a record fine for the agency, under a tentative deal settling allegations that the search giant bypassed privacy settings on Apple computers, smartphones and tablets, according to people familiar with the agreement. The deal, which would require the final approval of the...
News Story
5/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In February, Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer discovered that Google had bypassed a key Safari browser privacy setting in order to install tracking cookies. By hiding a “web form” within an online ad, Google circumvented Safari’s default settings and violated users’ right to privacy. If the Safari user clicked the +1...
News Release
5/4/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to fine Google millions of dollars for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads.  Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint in February with the FTC after Stanford Researcher Jonathan Mayer revealed what the Internet giant was doing. Sara Forden of Bloomberg News...
News Release
3/16/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was...
News Story
3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Defying strong opposition from many consumer groups around the globe, Google is imposing its new privacy policy on two billion users today - Google account holders and Android phone users are affected LONDON, United Kingdom -- Internet giant Google has ignored calls to delay the roll-out of its controversial new privacy policy and is enforcing...