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News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that "all users of...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In this post-PRISM era, it's only natural to assume your Internet activity is an open book -- and you may just be right. "Always assume anything you put into a computer can be read by someone else and act accordingly," said John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. How to reclaim some of that lost privacy? Start...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other companies named as PRISM participants now admit their involvement and are asking the government to allow them to clarify the extent of their participation to the public. "It's clear their reputations have been damaged, probably with good cause," said John Simpson, privacy project director at...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is in a mad scramble to distance itself from the National Security Administration's controversial Prism data mining program. So are Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, Skype (now part of Microsoft) and Paltalk -- the other tech companies mentioned in PowerPoint slides depicting the Prism program, slides that were leaked by...
News Release
6/11/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...