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Blog Post
2/28/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
News Release
2/23/2012
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SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
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SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Release
1/25/2012
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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Landmark online privacy regulations proposed in Europe today that include the concept of a "right to be forgotten" could help provide U.S. consumers with tools necessary to protect their data held by Internet giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, if ultimately enacted, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google...
News Release
1/20/2012
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WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to use the State of the Union message to endorse baseline privacy legislation and support Do Not Track regulations that would give consumers control of whether their information is gathered while they use the Internet. “You recently expressed your commitment to...
Blog Post
12/19/2011
By John M. Simpson
The top Senators on the Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee are expressing concern to the Federal Trade Commission over Google's business practices and the Internet giant's impact on competition in Internet search and commerce. Monday's letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz from Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) the panel's...
News Release
12/2/2011
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WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
Blog Post
11/18/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
Let’s set the scene: It’s a typical day. While there is always work to be done, you are taking a moment to browse the web. You stumble across your favorite websites, perhaps you tweet about an interesting story, or you press the Facebook "Like" button on a cool page. Then you click on an ad because, “Hey, that looks...
Blog Post
11/4/2011
By John M. Simpson
The week began for me at meetings in the heart of geekdom in Silicon Valley and concluded with consumer and privacy advocates meeting in New York City.  The two sessions are more related than you might first think. The New York meetings, convened by the Consumer Federation of America, were an off-the-record session for consumer and...
News Release
10/11/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog called online industry claims that consumers' personal privacy is protected when they surf the Web to be meaningless in light of a study released today by Stanford University's Computer Security Laboratory. The research was released at a forum discussing digital data collection sponsored by a...