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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
2/24/2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing. The letter to Rep. Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chair and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) Ranking Member said:...
News Release
2/15/2012
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy." Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
2/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through. What concerns both the European Commission and the U.S. Justice Department is how Google will use Motorola's powerful mobile...
Blog Post
2/8/2012
By John M. Simpson
Our friends at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) went to court Wednesday to block Google from combining data gathered from its various services without users' consent. The Internet giant recently announced it would consolidate more than 60 privacy policies into one and that it would combine a user's data collected on...
News Release
2/3/2012
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised European data protection authorities for asking Google to delay implementation of its new privacy and data policies and said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should determine whether the new policies violate the terms of Google’s consent agreement with the commission. Under the new...
Blog Post
1/27/2012
By John M. Simpson
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Online privacy got a tremendous boost this week when the European Commission proposed its new data protection rules that -- among other important safeguards -- would prove for the "right to be forgotten" online. But that's not all that's been happening since I arrived in this city that is home to the...
News Release
1/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson and Jamie Court
BRUSSELS – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based consumer advocacy group, today called for the EU’s antitrust regulators to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and ultimately issue a formal antitrust complaint against the Internet giant’s ongoing business practices.  “The Commission’s role in...
Blog Post
12/21/2011
By John M. Simpson
Facebook executives may finally be getting the message that they can't continue to ride rough shod over the privacy rights of the social network's uses. The Irish Data Commission announced Wednesday that Facebook has agreed to change its policies to improve transparency and better protect data of its users.  The agreement has...