Archive | December, 2010

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Don’t Be Evil When You Sell, And Other Retail Resolutions

By , FORBES SELLING IT BLOG

31. December 2010

In November advocacy groups Center for Digital Democracy, U.S. PIRG, Consumer Watchdog, and the World Privacy Forum filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over “unfair and deceptive” advertising and data gathering practices at online health information and service sites.

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Apple Lets Mobile Trackers Have a Field Day, Alleges Consumer Lawsuit

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28. December 2010

“It is clear that we need some kind of ‘do not track’ legislation for smartphones as well as online,” John M. Simpson, a consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog, told MacNewsWorld. This transmission of information was described as common in the Journal article, he noted — and consumers have no recourse.

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Former Google Lobbyist Resigns from White House

By PC MAGAZINE

28. December 2010

John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, who has criticized McLaughlin’s appointment from the start, wrote in a blog post: “It’s good he’s gone.”

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Invading Our Privacy on the Internet

By OP-ED COMMENTARY IN LOS ANGELES TIMES

27. December 2010

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If Washington fails to act, California should create its own “do not track me” system through the Legislature or the ballot box. The state that pioneered Internet commerce can also lead the way in ensuring that it does not run roughshod over one of our fundamental rights.

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Ex-Googler Leaves The White House

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23. December 2010

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Ex-Googler Leaves The  White House

Former Google executive Andrew McLaughlin has resigned as Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, prompted at least in part, I think, by issues Consumer Watchdog raised.

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When Analysts Look Over Their Shoulders

By , INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

23. December 2010

“We’re interested in the monopolistic power that Google has, how they are using it and whether it has disadvantaged consumers,” said John Simpson, a director at Consumer Watchdog.

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NY Times Asks: Can Google Grow Without Becoming A Monopoly?

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22. December 2010

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NY Times Asks: Can Google Grow Without Becoming A Monopoly?

The New York Times editorial questioning Google’s purchase of online flight software company ITA raises questions that could well apply to any new business Google buys unless the Internet Goliath changes its business model.

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Smartphones Need “Do Not Track Me” Function, Consumer Watchdog Says

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20. December 2010

Smartphones Need “Do Not Track Me” Function, Consumer Watchdog Says

Santa Monica, CA — The Do Not Track Me function proposed in the Federal Trade Commission’s recently released online privacy report must be extended to include smartphones, Consumer Watchdog said today in the wake of a Wall Street Journal article showing how applications for the iPhone and Android phones widely share personal data without the users’ knowledge or consent.

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Google Denies Connecticut AG Street View Data

By , EWEEK

18. December 2010

That answer isn’t satisfactory for privacy pundits such as Consumer Watchdog’s John M. Simpson. “Google’s refusal to give data gathered by its Street View cars from private WiFi networks to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal underscores the need for a Congressional hearing,” Simpson said. “What is Google hiding?

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Can Google do business ethically in China?

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17. December 2010

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Can Google do business ethically in China?

The Wikileaks documents released in the past few days revive that question, first posed in 2006 when the search engine entered the world’s largest market, by revealing some of the hardball tactics that Beijing’s communists are using to bring Mountain View’s capitalists to heel.

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Commerce Deptartment Seeks Web Privacy Enforcement

By , REUTERS

16. December 2010

The idea of opening a Commerce Department privacy office, which officials said was underway, came under fire from the privacy group Consumer Watchdog, which said the office may not have enough of a consumer focus. “There is a fundamental conflict of interest in putting the administration’s Privacy Policy Office in the Commerce Department,” said John Simpson, a privacy expert with the group, whose sentiments were echoed by other privacy organizations.

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Privacy Groups Critical Of Commerce Privacy Report

By , NATIONAL JOURNAL - TECH DAILY DOSE

16. December 2010

While pleased that the agency is bringing attention to the need to do more to protect consumer privacy online, representatives from five privacy groups said in a conference call that the report’s proposed measures are too focused on industry self regulation. It’s a “Christmas gift to the data collection industry from the Obama administration,” according to John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog.

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Privacy Groups Pan Policy Paper from Commerce

By , IDG NEWS SERVICE (NETWORKWORLD)

16. December 2010

The Commerce Department paper calls for an online privacy bill of rights and codes of conduct for Internet companies, with enforcement by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. But several privacy groups questioned whether the codes of conduct would be effective because of the paper’s suggestion that affected companies help write them. The policy recommendations in the report are an “early Christmas gift to the data collection industry,” said John Simpson, consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog.

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