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Blog Post
1/6/2011
By John M. Simpson
South Korean police said Thursday that Google broke the country's privacy laws when its Street View cars gathered personal information from private Wi-Fi networks.  Meanwhile, in the United States, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen told me in a telephone call that the multi-state investigation into Wi-Spy is...
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
12/16/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — The Commerce Department’s “Green Paper” about online privacy is an industry friendly document that would perpetuate current failed practices that give companies, not consumers, control of consumer data, Consumer Watchdog said today. The report calls for “voluntary, enforceable codes.” It...