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News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The mobile industry's efforts to convince lawmakers that self-regulation alone is the best way to address growing concerns over privacy-invading mobile applications appears to be running into some headwind. On Thursday, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced new legislation that would require mobile application developers to provide clear...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson today introduced a bill that would require app makers to present privacy policies to users before they collect any data from their mobile devices and to securely maintain the data they collect.  The bill — called the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act, or Apps Act — essentially follows...
News Release
5/9/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   The bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).  The...
News Story
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The APPS Act would require app developers to obtain consent before collecting personal data New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect. The Application Privacy, Protection and Security...
News Story
4/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Attorney General Kamala Harris has a Google issue. It's not that her reputation is being besmirched online. If anything, she is trending up. If you Google her, you'll see that Time magazine last week named her on its list of the world's most influential people, directly behind NRA chief Wayne LaPierre. You'll also see that her pal...
News Release
4/24/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google give straight answers about how it handles apps buyers’ personal information when they buy apps from Google Play, a practice that is the target of a formal complaint from the public interest group to the Federal Trade Commission.   Tuesday, WebProNews and DroidLife,...
Blog Post
4/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint  alleged that the Internet giant...
News Story
4/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals. The missive being launched today marks the third phase in a 5-month-old marketing campaign that Microsoft Corp....
Blog Post
3/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers -- after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA). We've also expressed...
News Release
2/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....