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Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like...
Blog Post
8/19/2013
By John M. Simpson
There's no disputing the fact that Google exerts tremendous power over our online lives, but the extent of its reach was made crystal clear late last week.   For still unexplained reasons all of Google's services were down briefly around 3:51 pm PT.  Here, as reported by InformationWeek Security, is Google's explanation as...
Blog Post
6/3/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google is apparently reacting to widespread concerns about one of the most privacy invasive and Orwellian potential applications for its computerized eyeglasses known as Google Glass. Late Friday the Internet giant said it won't -- for now -- allow facial recognition software on the device. Facial recognition software has pretty much been...
News Release
4/24/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google give straight answers about how it handles apps buyers’ personal information when they buy apps from Google Play, a practice that is the target of a formal complaint from the public interest group to the Federal Trade Commission.   Tuesday, WebProNews and DroidLife,...
Blog Post
4/23/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint  alleged that the Internet giant...
Blog Post
3/25/2013
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers -- after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA). We've also expressed...
News Release
2/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....
Blog Post
10/31/2012
By John M. Simpson
It looks like California Attorney General Kamala Harris means business when it comes to protecting consumers' online privacy.  She has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Her action has...
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
12/15/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...