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4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The app exploits vulnerable children and violates long-standing media practices, the groups charge   . Consumer groups are calling for a federal investigation of Google, saying its new YouTube Kids app preys upon children's vulnerability and violates longstanding media practices intended to safeguard children.   “There is...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Broadcast TV and the Internet video have long played by different rules. But when it comes to programming to children, a group of privacy and consumer advocates think it is time for a common set of guidelines. “Google’s YouTube Kids should play by the same rules as broadcasters,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
For decades, the Federal Trade Commission has been regulating television advertising with special attention to anything perceived to target the vulnerable minds of America’s youth. Now, consumer groups are advocating the same scrutiny be given to digital advertising, and Google’s new app YouTube Kids is feeling the heat....
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s 6-week-old foray into video for preschoolers provides a seductive and seamless mix of kid-friendly fun and advertising, child advocates charged Tuesday as they called for a federal investigation of YouTube Kids. In a 12-page letter, 11 organizations that advocate for children and consumers asked the Federal Trade Commission to probe...
News Story
4/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When YouTube Kids launched in February, Google heralded the app as “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind.” The Internet giant said its new app would make it safer and easier for young children to find family-friendly videos on their parents’ smartphones. But now 10 children’s and...
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
6/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Have you seen the cloying and annoying video produced by Google called "Google Chrome: Coffee"?  It tells the tale of a man using the Internet to get back in the good graces of his estranged girlfriend.   It ends with him asking her to join him for a cup of coffee and concludes with the tagline, "The web is what you...
Blog Post
4/2/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Over the weekend The Los Angeles Times published a new poll suggesting that we may have reached the tipping point on online privacy, finally forcing policymakers to take notice and react to ease people's concerns. The USC Dornsife/Times poll found a stunning 82 percent of Californians say they are very or somewhat concerned about "...
News Story
3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google rolled out its new privacy policy Thursday allowing the firm to track users across various services to developed targeted advertising, despite sharp criticism from US and European consumer advocacy groups. Google contends the move simplifies and unifies its policies across its various services such as Gmail, YouTube,...
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...