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News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest offer to settle a European investigation into the alleged abuse of its dominant positions in online search and advertising leaked out Wednesday, with one competitor calling it "a new form of abuse." The European Union's competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has praised Google's latest proposal as a "...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
REVEALED: Ad giant is now Trigger happy Google may have struck a deal with Brussels' competition chief to keep details of the ad giant's revised package of concessions over its search biz secret, but - perhaps inevitably - a copy of the offer has been leaked to The Register and other publications. An unnamed party sent El Reg a document...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources in possession of the originals, revealed the full remedies put forward by Google, the questionnaire that...
News Story
10/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog disclosed that it joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups on Aug. 22 in opposing a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because of at least "three obvious deficiencies...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to postpone a proposed settlement agreement between staff attorneys and three well-connected partners in the public affairs company California Strategies until one of the partners, Winston Hickox, fully discloses his lobbying activities on behalf...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook, which has repeatedly tripped over its own feet when changing its privacy practices, has stumbled yet again. The Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into whether the social network’s proposed new privacy policies, unveiled two weeks ago, violated a 2011 agreement with regulators. Under that...
News Story
9/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission is evaluating whether changes to two of Facebook’s key privacy policies adhere to a 2011 agreement between the agency and the social network. Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth confirmed that the FTC is evaluating Facebook’s policies.   “We routinely discuss policy updates with the FTC and this...
News Release
9/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the European Commission to file a formal Statement of Objections against Google in the nearly three-year-old antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said Google’s latest settlement offer was an attempt to stall the investigation. In a letter to Joaquin Almunia, Vice...
News Story
9/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook's announcement late yesterday that it will delay the rollout of a revised privacy policy and data use agreement until next week comes on the heels of unified outcry from consumer rights groups. The updates were originally scheduled to go into effect September 5. When the social network announced the planned changes on August 29, six...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to prevent Facebook Inc. (FB) from changing its data use policies on concern with how the social network operator handles user information for advertising. The proposed update would violate the company’s policies and an earlier settlement with the FTC, according to a letter to the agency...