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Consumer Watchdog Backs Call for Congressional Hearing on Google’s WiSpy Snooping

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11. June 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Backs Call for Congressional Hearing on Google’s WiSpy Snooping

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today praised three Congressmen for releasing Google’s purported explanation of its three-year WiSpy snooping and endorsed a call for a Congressional hearing about the incident. Consumer Watchdog also called for the Federal Communications Commission to investigate.

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Google struggles to defend Apps security

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10. June 2010

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Google struggles to defend Apps security

Google’s recent release of a white paper on its security policies and technologies for Google Apps is notable for its effort to assure users and potential customers that the information stored by Google is safe. And perceptions about the Internet giant’s security are key to its future.

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Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

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10. June 2010

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Closing Windows: Was it about security or the money?

Last month, The Financial Times reported that Google was blaming Microsoft software vulnerability for the multinational cyber attack it encountered earlier this year. In response, unnamed Google employees said, the company was phasing out the Windows operating system at the company. But, maybe it’s about the money.

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Ten Consumer Advocate Groups Ask Congress to Strengthen Privacy Bill

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8. June 2010

“The problem is that the bill relies too much on the idea of ‘notice and consent,’ which really hasn’t worked,” said John M. Simpson, a consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, Washington. “It also pre-empts stronger state laws and does not allow private action suits. These provisions are extremely unfriendly for consumers.

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Standing up to Google’s heavy-handed pressure

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7. June 2010

Standing up to Google’s heavy-handed pressure

I was in Washington, DC, last week to attend EPIC’s Champion of Freedom Awards Dinner. One honoree in particular prompted the cross-country trip: The Rose Foundation and how it stood up to Internet giant Google.

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Watchdog Says Google Has ‘Microsoft-like Monopoly’ in Key Web Areas

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7. June 2010

“Google claims that its search is neutral,” said John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. “This study shows that it’s not and demonstrates the damaging impact Google’s unfair practices have had on competitors.”

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Ten Privacy and Consumer Groups Ask Congressional Leaders to Strengthen Privacy Bill

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7. June 2010

Ten Privacy and Consumer Groups Ask Congressional Leaders to Strengthen Privacy Bill

In response to a discussion draft of a new privacy bill currently under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, ten leading privacy and consumer organizations today called for much stronger provisions to protect consumer privacy both online and off.

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Should Silicon Valley Be Worried About a Backlash?

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5. June 2010

Just last week, Consumer Watchdog released a report claiming Google abuses its dominance of search to steer users to its other products. The revelation that the Google Street View team in Europe had “accidentally” collected large amounts of personal user data through Wi-Fi connections certainly hasn’t helped.

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A graphic display of what Google knows

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4. June 2010

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A graphic display of what Google knows

Every wonder how much information Google has gathered? Scott Cleland, publisher of the Website GoogleMonitor.com, has pulled together a snappy one-page graphic, “Google’s ‘Total Information Awareness’ Power,” that answers the question.

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Missouri AG Looks Into Google Wi-Fi Mess

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4. June 2010

Consumer advocate John Simpson said he was happy to see Missouri asking for an explanation. “Google’s … operation compromised consumers’ privacy in the very heartland of America,” said Simpson, an advocate with California’s Consumer Watchdog, in an e-mail message. “The Internet giant needs to be held accountable.”

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New Google option: look like Bing home page

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3. June 2010

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New Google option: look like Bing home page

Google is known for the “clean simple look” of its home page at Google.com. Bing has earned praise for the gorgeous photos changing daily on the Bing home page, stocked by Microsoft’s Corbis imagery.

Now Google has announced that you will be able to clutter up your Google.com page with a photo too.

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Personalized search: Searching in a Bubble?

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3. June 2010

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Personalized search: Searching in a Bubble?

My Google search results are looking too familiar. Looking for something new on the web for a topic of continuing interest, I enter some familiar terms. The same old sites keep turning up. OK, so Google is returning the most relevant results, based on the Google algorithm. Why do they seem so stale?

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Consumer Groups Call on FTC to Investigate Latest Google Ad Company Purchase

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3. June 2010

Consumer Groups Call on FTC to Investigate Latest Google Ad Company Purchase

Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy today called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s announced plan to buy Invite Media, a display advertising company, for around $70 million, saying the deal raises substantial competitive and privacy concerns.

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