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News Release
10/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because proposed recipients of...
Blog Post
10/14/2013
By John M. Simpson
As schools buy more software, applications and "cloud" computing services that gather and store increasing amounts of data about kids, there is growing concern that the information could be misused. The educational technology software industry is an estimated $8 billion market.  The concern is that instead of using kids' data...
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...
News Release
9/5/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer privacy groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce an earlier consent order with Facebook and block proposed changes in the social network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy because the proposed changes violate the 2011 settlement with the...
News Release
8/28/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a Do Not Track bill just passed by the State Legislature because it is a step towards consumer knowledge, but the public interest group added that ultimately consumers must have the right to simply say “no” to online tracking. The bill, AB 370, requires a...
News Release
8/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in opposing a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because of at least “three obvious...
News Release
8/15/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
UPDATE!: @ConsumerWD's Reddit AMA will begin at 2:30 pm (Pacific time). Join John Simpson to discuss Google & Privacy at http://redd.it/1kfl5x SANTA MONICA, CA – Google is either lying to the court or lying to the public, Consumer Watchdog said today, after the Internet giant made new public claims asserting it respects users...
Video
8/14/2013
In a response to a class action lawsuit, Google has stated that people sending messages to Gmail users have "no legitimate expectation of privacy."