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Blog Post
2/3/2011
By John M. Simpson
Next week will be a busy one in Washington for online privacy as at least two bills are expected to be introduced in the House.  Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, plans to offer Do Not Track legislation and Rep. Bobby Rush, D- IL, is expected to re-introduce his online privacy bill. There's activity outside Congress as well. Also in the House...
Blog Post
2/1/2011
By John M. Simpson
The drive to create a "Do Not Track" mechanism to protect consumers' online privacy as they surf the Web is gaining momentum.  Companies like Google, fearing the passage of necessary privacy laws, are scrambling to offer their versions on a voluntary basis. Last week the Internet giant made a big deal of a new add-on for its...
Blog Post
1/3/2011
By John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, writing in U.S. News & World Report this week, offers one of the clearest explanations I've seen of why consumers need a Do Not Track Me function to protect their privacy as they surf the Web. I think the article also clearly demonstrates that support for the idea is growing in Washington...
News Release
12/20/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA — The Do Not Track Me function proposed in the Federal Trade Commission’s recently released online privacy report must be extended to include smartphones, Consumer Watchdog said today in the wake of a Wall Street Journal article showing how applications for the iPhone and Android phones widely share personal data...
News Release
12/7/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog welcomed Microsoft’s announcement today that the company will offer “Tracking Protection” next year, but said robust “Do Not Track Me” legislation still must be passed by Congress. Microsoft said its Internet Explorer 9 browser will allow consumers to download lists of...
News Release
12/3/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON DC — The Federal Trade Commission repeated its support today for a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumer online privacy and Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to pass legislation necessary to implement the safeguard. Speaking at Consumer Watchdog’s Future of Online Consumer Protections Conference...
Blog Post
12/1/2010
By Jamie Court
If you wonder if you are being followed online and if anything can be done about it, take a look at the just-out Federal Trade Commission report on online privacy. A frightening amount of information is available about us online and the Federal Trade Commission has endorsed the notion of a "privacy by design" build-in for web...