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News Story
1/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
But it also thanks Google for taking steps against online predators Fairly or not, people often judge you by the company you keep. And the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog says this can cause huge problems for people with Google+ accounts, who might not be able to control who does or does not associate with their virtual online personae. In...
News Story
1/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — For privacy advocates, these are heady days. European leaders are weighing tough new online data protection rules—and costly penalties for violators—for their 500 million residents. The courts and Congress have placed a bullseye on U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs. Even dictionary.com declared...
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12/23/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Chase Bank notified customers who used its debit cards at Target stores during the retailer's recent security breach that it was limiting the use of its cards during the busy holiday shopping season.  The new limit affects roughly 2 million accounts, or about 10 percent of Chase debit-card holders. The limits will remain in place...
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12/23/2013
Posted by admin
Chase Bank is keeping a close eye on customers' ATM activity following the credit and debit card security breach at Target stores. KCAL9's Melanie Woodrow reports.
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12/19/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards. The stolen information included...
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...
News Story
11/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Monday, Google agreed to pay 37 states to settle charges that in 2011 and 2012 it had ignored a key privacy feature embedded in Apple's Safari browser. As part of the deal, Google — while not admitting fault — has also vowed to stop using the code that lets it circumvent the controls. It's a significant victory for consumers...
News Release
11/18/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
News Story
11/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Raleigh, N.C. — Google on Monday reached a $17 million settlement with North Carolina and 36 other U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia over its circumvention of privacy settings for some Internet users. Google will pay $17 million to the states and make changes to how it tracks consumers’ Internet surfing under a settlement...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. “This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward,” said John M...