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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
2/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Three congressmen on Friday called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google Inc., after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Internet giant was bypassing privacy settings of people who used Apple Inc.'s Web browser on phones and computers. The lawmakers—Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), Joe Barton (R., Texas) and Cliff...
News Story
2/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Google was under fire Friday after it was revealed the Internet giant's ad-targeting "cookies" bypassed track-blocking software on Apple's web browser for iPhones and computers. Snippets of code called "cookies" from Google three online ad specialty firms slipped past tracker-blocking safeguards...
News Story
2/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When it comes to privacy, is the Googleplex speaking with one voice? A new Google privacy controversy has revealed conflicting messages and actions between two different factions within the company: those working to protect consumer privacy on the one hand, and those seeking to improve advertising and social networking on the other. Meanwhile...
News Release
2/17/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of a Stanford University researcher’s study that found Google has been violating people’s online privacy choices, Consumer Watchdog said today the Internet giant was lying to users and called for the Federal Trade Commission to act.  iPhone and iPad users were targeted. “Google has...
News Story
2/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group today asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google violated a previous privacy agreement with the FTC by tracking cookies in a way that circumvents default privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser. Google's method of getting around Safari's default blockage of third-party...
News Story
2/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's alleged circumvention of do-not-track controls on Apple's Safari browser could lead to big fines from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if the agency. Google's alleged circumvention of do-not-track controls on Apple's Safari browser could lead to big fines from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if the agency determines...
News Story
2/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Researchers have discovered that Google deliberately bypassed the privacy settings in Safari, the Web browser on the iPhone and other Apple devices, so it could customize Web ads. The crux of the story, as reported by The Wall Street Journal in an article that is stirring much discussion online: By exploiting a loophole in the Safari browser,...
News Story
2/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is on the defensive after The Wall Street Journal revealed the company has been tracking Apple Safari users in violation of the Web browser's privacy settings. Google says the tracking was inadvertent and the problem has been fixed. But Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who was already scrutinizing Google over planned changes to its...