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News Release
4/30/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google said it will stop reading the Gmail accounts of 30 million students who use Google Apps For Education, spinning the announcement as “protecting students,” when in fact the change came only after questions were raised about the legality of the practice, Consumer Watchdog said today. The flip flop makes...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
By John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
Blog Post
3/14/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's hypocrisy reached new heights in the latest filing by its attorneys in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service. You'll recall that twenty-six media companies and journalism professional organizations including The New...
Blog Post
2/25/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's efforts to seal key documents in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service demonstrate hypocrisy at the company's core. Google is in the business of  gathering data and making it public, often when people want to...
News Release
1/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group said that the Internet giant’s plan...
Video
10/3/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson discusses federal Judge Lucy Koh's landmark decison that federal and state wiretap laws apply to Google's interception and reading of emails to target ads and build user profiles.  Another ruling by a federal  appeals court found that the wiretap laws apply in the...
News Release
9/26/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- In a seminal decision for online privacy, a federal judge in San Jose, CA., today rejected Google's claims that wiretapping laws do not apply to its Gmail business and that consumers who email people with Gmail accounts have no legitimate expectation of privacy. In rejecting all but two of the Internet giant’s...
Blog Post
9/5/2013
By Jamie Court
Google went to federal court in San Jose  to defend the company’s eye-popping assertion that those who email G-mail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy.”  Federal Judge Lucy H. Koh said she would consider Google's request to dismiss the privacy case, but also set a date to schedule a trial -- suggesting...
Video
9/4/2013
A class action lawsuit filed in a California court charges Google with violating federal and state wiretap laws by analyzing its more than 400 million users' emails. The case will be heard in federal court this week. (Sept. 4)
Video
9/4/2013
Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail, but consumer advocates claim it is an invasion of privacy.