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News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK — Google agreed to pay a $7 million fine in the United States on Tuesday for stealthily collecting data from private Wi-Fi hotspots in a mapping service slip that irked an array of countries. In a legal settlement with attorneys general in 38 states, the Internet giant also agreed to ramp up employee training about data privacy and...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Slurp sparks states' slight slap Google is reportedly close to settling with the 30 US states that were pursuing it over the infamous StreetView Wifi data slurp. In between practicing taking the decision seriously in public, there are probably fits of giggles breaking out in Google's boardroom, because according to Reuters, the proposed...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people’s privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users. In agreeing to settle a case brought by 38 states involving the project, the search...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Marketers hawking diet pills and other questionable goods on social media will have to be more forthcoming. Digital ads that pop up on Twitter, Facebook and other mobile sites must be accompanied by disclosures to avoid deceptive practices, according to a rule update issued Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission. The new rule "takes into...
News Story
10/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
"Your entire life is online - and it might be used against you." That is the message of a popular viral video produced by the Belgian Federation of the Financial Sector (Febelfin), which has so far been seen by more than one-and-a-half million people. In it, members of the public are invited to a very special mind-reading conducted by...
Blog Post
10/1/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
One of the things you hear when companies try to minimize the impact of privacy violations is an attempt to claim there was no financial harm to consumers. However, in an interesting development the Federal Trade Commission is now publicly estimating that Google's hack around Apple's Safari browser privacy settings earned the Internet...
News Story
9/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. The consumer advocacy group also complains that the FTC does not have a permanent injunction against Google for violating the earlier “Buzz”...
News Release
9/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. "The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient," the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. The group...