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News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a long-time critic of the company’s privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency. Google+ also has a “flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw”...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's privacy polices came under fire again on Friday regarding changes to its Gmail service, two days after it was fined by France for data protection violations. Gmail users could soon receive messages from people with whom they have never shared their email addresses, following the latest in a string of moves to link Google's email...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google likes the proposed changes. Nobody else seems to. This past week has been a bad one for Google+ public relations. On Wednesday, Americans learned the story of Massachusetts resident Thomas Gagnon, arrested for sending his ex-girlfriend a Google+ invite in violation of a restraining order she'd taken out against him — except...
News Story
12/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” “Your digital identity will live forever… because there’s no delete button.” —Eric Schmidt Early last week, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley announced that they had gotten...
Video
10/3/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson discusses federal Judge Lucy Koh's landmark decison that federal and state wiretap laws apply to Google's interception and reading of emails to target ads and build user profiles.  Another ruling by a federal  appeals court found that the wiretap laws apply in the...
News Story
9/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge allowed a class-action suit against Google to proceed, saying the company's terms of service are unclear when describing how it scans Gmail content in order to deliver advertisements. Google had filed a motion to dismiss the suit, which alleges that the company intercepted and read email while in transit in order to deliver...
News Release
9/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- In a seminal decision for online privacy, a federal judge in San Jose, CA., today rejected Google's claims that wiretapping laws do not apply to its Gmail business and that consumers who email people with Gmail accounts have no legitimate expectation of privacy. In rejecting all but two of the Internet giant’s...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In a major defeat for Google, a federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its Gmail service violates federal wiretap laws by scanning emails in order to surround them with contextual ads. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of California specifically rejected Google's argument that people who send or...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge puts stop to company's motion to dismiss class-action suit regarding scanning of Gmail e-mails, says Wiretap Act is applicable. A class-action suit targeting Google's scanning of Gmail messages to deliver targeted advertising can go ahead, based on a federal anti-wiretapping law, a judge ruled Thursday. Google had filed a motion to...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Google may be violating wiretap law when it scans the e-mails of non-Gmail users, allowing a lawsuit against the company to move forward. In her ruling, Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District Court of California, questioned the clarity of Google’s privacy policy in explaining how it collects and uses e-...