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Blog Post
5/1/2013
By John M. Simpson
Microsoft, which is trying to position itself in a major advertising campaign as a privacy friendly Internet company, should take a simple step that shows it means what it says. Online tracking is pervasive and invasive on the Internet.  The most insidious is performed by companies that most consumers don't even know exist, so-called 3rd...
News Release
12/18/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the ongoing federal antitrust probe of Google after the company’s chairman in a news interview equated it with antitrust poster child Microsoft in the 1990s. The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to conclude its 20-month investigation...
Blog Post
6/5/2012
By John M. Simpson
Microsoft has just announced that the newest version of its popular browser, Internet Explorer 10, will come with the privacy friendly feature, "Do Not Track" already turned on by default.  Now since I've been pushing for Do Not Track implementation for at least the last two years, I should be rejoicing, right? Would that...
News Release
2/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
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
11/21/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said executives of leading Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! should face criminal charges for their roles in allowing mortgage modification ad scammers to advertise on their sites. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group’s call came as the Office of the Special Inspector General for...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
By John M. Simpson
Has Google taken a page from Microsoft's evil history and started using the same anticompetitive tactics that landed the Redmond, WA., software company in antitrust trouble in the U.S. and Europe?  A exclusive report in The New York Post says that's exactly what the Federal Trade Commission is considering in its major antitrust...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
By John M. Simpson
One of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops and the like is that anybody else on the network can read your email, Facebook postings, search requests and easily hack into your account unless the data is encrypted. The most common is SSL encryption using the HTTPS protocol.  If you use it, transmissions between your...
Blog Post
7/18/2011
By John M. Simpson
Lobbying expenditure reports are due to be filed with the the Senate Office of Public Records Wednesday and you can expect record expenditures from both Facebook and Google. Driven by an antitrust probe, Google could even outspend Microsoft in it's arm-twisting campaign. Our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets....
Blog Post
2/2/2011
John M. Simpson
Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft's search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in "a spy-novelesque stunt." I always like a good media stunt and have been accused of committing a few myself by none other than the Internet giant...
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...