Archive | May, 2010

Straus Seeks State Probe Into Google Data Capture

25. May 2010

The data collection could extend to about 30 countries, said John M. Simpson, a consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit group that has called on the Federal Trade Commission to probe Google’s actions. Simpson said he has not heard of any state attorneys general taking up the matter yet, but a response by states is likely as people become more aware of the implications. He said there is mounting outrage against the company.

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Google needs to come clean on WiSpy

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25. May 2010

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Google needs to come clean on WiSpy

As the WiSpy scandal unfolded last week CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking in England, tried to calm the furor by claiming “no harm, no foul.” This week it’s clear that despite the fondest hopes of those in the Googleplex, the firestorm won’t go away.

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Google Saves, Secures Wi-Fi Snooping Data

24. May 2010

Several European countries’ data privacy authorities have launched investigations into Google’s actions. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to investigate Google by the consumer group Consumer Watchdog.

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File a Complaint

23. May 2010

If you’ve caught Google in the act, let us know here. We’ll take your complaints and turn them into action!

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Google shows the way on search engine encryption; others must follow

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23. May 2010

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Google shows the way on search engine encryption; others must follow

Google has announced that it is now offering privacy-friendly SSL encryption on its search engine, becoming the first major company to offer the protection. The company deserves credit and others who want to do more than pay lip service to privacy should immediately follow Google’s lead.

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News pundit evangelizes for friends at Google

22. May 2010

News pundit evangelizes for friends at Google

James Fallows’s cover story in the Atlantic is titled “Inside Google: The Company’s Daring Plan to Save the News (and itself)”. On the web it’s just “How to Save the News.” I thought the article was a big wet kiss.

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FTC OKs Google-AdMob Deal Despite Concerns

22. May 2010

John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said the deal will undermine competition, and could result in higher prices for advertisers and consumers.

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FTC Clears Google Purchase of Mobile Ad Service

21. May 2010

“How this possibly can be construed as promoting competition is incomprehensible,” said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, a strident Google critic. “What it demonstrates is Google’s clout in Washington.”

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FTC Approves Google’s AdMob Buy

21. May 2010

“We’re very disappointed, we think it’s still pretty clear that these two combined are an unstoppable juggernaut,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog spokesman on Friday. “There’s also an arguable case that Apple’s activities need to be investigated right now with what they’re planning to do with Quattro and perhaps shutting people out of the iPhone platform.”

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Dear Google: Harm or Not, You Fouled Up on Privacy

21. May 2010

In addition to the letter from the two U.S. legislators about the Street View data collection, the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the FTC asking it to investigate Google’s practices. The group also launched a site called Inside Google (http://insidegoogle.com/) to call attention to what it believes are the company’s failings in various areas, including privacy. As the growing furor over Facebook and its approach to privacy has shown, concern is mounting about social networks and Web companies, what kinds of data they’re collecting, and how they’re using the information. Google continues to downplay the importance of what was a serious breach of personal privacy.

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Google Hit with Class-Action Lawsuit Over WiFi Snooping

21. May 2010

Google faces other legal actions over the Street View snafu. German prosecutors, for example, have launched a criminal investigation into Google’s actions, while in the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to investigate Google by the consumer group Consumer Watchdog.

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FTC Approves Google Deal for AdMob

21. May 2010

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“I’m really incredulous,” said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. “What they are saying is the No. 1 and the No. 2 can combine, and it’s not a problem because there is a No. 3 over there that is now owned by Apple. I find that incomprehensible.”

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White House and Google: Cozy, As Charged

21. May 2010

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By browsing through several dozen emails now being posted by a consumer group, anyone can read for himself the chummy chatter that has been occurring for the past year between a couple of senior Google officers and White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin, who headed Google’s global public policy unit until assuming his current post in May 2009.

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