Archive | November, 2008

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Consumer Watchdog: Google Should Increase Privacy Efforts

By PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL

19. November 2008

Consumer Watchdog wants Google Inc. to implement more privacy protections in its e-mail and search systems as it may be looking at e-mails coming and going from GMail accounts.

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Congress Warned Of Google Privacy & Security Risks After Google Markets Services To Staffers On Hill

CONTACT: 310-392-0522 ext 327 or John Simpson 310-292-1902

18. November 2008

New Video Shows Privacy Problems With G-Mail
Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog released a new on-line video
exposing privacy problems with Google’s Gmail service and other Google
applications in the wake of Google’s recent marketing efforts on
Capitol Hill.   At a speech in Washington D.C. today, Google CEO Eric
Schmidt acknowledged the group’s privacy concerns and expressed an
interest in addressing them. He said his concern was balancing
performance and speed of the system with privacy and security demands.

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Group Warns of Google Browsing, E-mail

By KABC TV-7 (LOS ANGELES, CA)

18. November 2008

Consumer Watchdog is a consumer advocacy group that believes Google’s
e-mail service, called Gmail, is not private or secure. And Consumer
Watchdog says the security problem is not only with Gmail users, but
also with those who may not have Gmail but correspond with Gmail users.

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Consumer Watchdog: Google Made First Political Contributions

By WIRELESS NEWS

12. November 2008

California campaign disclosures show that Google, which has had issues from privacy advocates and government regulators, made what appears to be the first political contributions to elected officials in the company’s history.

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Is Google using its purchasing power in politics?

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12. November 2008

As Google grows into the behemoth of personal computing that it apparently wants to become, the firm has apparently decided to get bigger in another realm: political influence. 

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Another huge medical data breach is mishandled

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7. November 2008

Both president-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain backed electronic medical records during their campaign. Computerizing patient data, which could increase efficiency and cut costs, is part of every major federal health reform…

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Google Makes First California Candidate Contributions As Criticism Mounts – Updated 11/11/08

CONTACT: 310-392-0522 ext. 309 or Jamie Court ext. 327

7. November 2008

Santa Monica, CA — California campaign disclosures show that Google,
Inc [GOOG] – which is under fire from privacy advocates and government
regulators – made what appears to be the first political contributions
to California candidates in the company’s history.

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Consumer Watchdog Group Accuses Google Of Spying

By NEWS 8 CBS-TV - SAN DIEGO, CA

6. November 2008

Consumer activists are criticizing internet goliath Google for spying on its customers. News 8 investigates and gets Google’s side of the story.



News 8 received a video news release from ConsumerWatchdog.org that asks Google to stop…

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Consumer Watchdog Asks Google for More Privacy, While Firefox Adds ‘Porn Mode’

By THE GUARDIAN UK

5. November 2008

With Google adding a browser to its search engine, cloud applications, ad tracking and toolbar, it already knows more about you than even your mother could. But Consumer Watchdog thinks the Lords of the Web should still make it easier for people to have a bit more privacy…

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Is Chrome Spying on You?

By THEBIGMONEY.COM (SLATE)

4. November 2008

The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog
has called on Google to amend several features in its new browser that,
they claim, seriously compromise your privacy on the Web. You may have
noticed that whenever you start typing into Google’s search field, the
site starts suggesting topics for you. Google is, in fact, recording
and storing every keystroke you type, regardless of whether you hit the
search button or not. The company also stores your IP address, which
can narrow your physical location down to within a block or two. In
short, Google has compiled a profile of who you are and what you’re
like, along with a damn good idea of where you live. If the government
would like to know as well, and can get their hands on a subpoena,
there’s not much you can do about it.

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Google Chrome Privacy Issues Prompts Plea To Google Execs

By INFORMATION WEEK

4. November 2008

Chief among the group’s complaints is Google Suggest, a
feature found in Chrome and other Google applications like Google
Toolbar.

In an effort to publicize what it claims are the privacy failings of Google…

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Press Release

Consumer Watchdog Exposes Google Privacy Problems & Calls For Attorneys General Investigation

CONTACT: 310-392-0522 ext 309 or Jamie Court ext 327

3. November 2008

Online Video Targets Google’s  New “Chrome” Browser, Websites And Software Revealed

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog has created a You Tube video
showing how your computer could be having an unnoticed conversation
about you with Google. The nonprofit group has called on Google’s
founders and directors to adopt new privacy safeguards that allow for
anonymous internet and software use.  Watch the video here and read the letter to Google’s founders here.

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Google’s Growth Makes Privacy Advocates Wary

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

1. November 2008

Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.’s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google’s broadening reach is giving it unchecked power. "Google Suggest" sends Google searches as you type, in hopes of
anticipating your desires. So if you’re keying in "Electoral College
2008 election," Google will offer multiple search queries along the
way. First you’d be given results related to the term "electoral," then
ones on the Electoral College in general, and finally you’d get links
pertaining to Tuesday’s presidential vote. This is what worries
Consumer Watchdog: Say you key in something that could be embarrassing
or deeply personal, but reconsider before you press "Enter." The
autosuggest feature still sends this phrase to Google’s servers, tied
to your computer’s numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address.

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