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Congressmen Quickly Agree To Our Call For Google Hearings

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24. February 2011

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Congressmen  Quickly Agree To Our Call For Google Hearings

Concerned with the way Google was gathering social security numbers from children in connection with its “Doodle 4 Google” contest, I wrote to Reps. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Joe Barton, R-TX, calling for hearings in to the incident as well as a look at the Google Wi-Spy scandal. I sent the letter via email around noon today and later this afternoon in a joint statement the co-chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus agreed to schedule a hearing.

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House To Hear Why Google Collected Kids Social Sec. Numbers

By , PCMAGAZINE.COM

24. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the co-chairmen of the House Privacy Caucus, asking for hearings to inquire why Google solicited partial Social Security numbers for its Doodle 4 Google contest. The two co-chairman of the caucus said later on Thursday that they have agreed to a hearing.

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Lawmakers Urged To Probe Google Social Security Controversy

By , NATIONAL JOURNAL TECH DAILY DOSE

24. February 2011

A frequent Google critic Thursday called on the House co-chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus to push for hearings into Google’s request for the last four digits of the Social Security numbers from children seeking to participate in an art contest the Internet firm sponsored.

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Consumer Watchdog Asks House Privacy Caucus Chairmen to Seek Hearing After Google Gathers Children’s Social Security Data

CONTACT: , 310-392-7041; Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043

24. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog Asks House Privacy Caucus Chairmen to Seek Hearing After Google Gathers Children’s Social Security Data

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today asked Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, to seek hearings examining why Google gathered children’s social security numbers in entry forms for its “Doodle 4 Google” contest. The hearing should also investigate the Wi-Spy scandal.

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Obama Slammed For Seeing Google’s Schmidt in Private

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18. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog, one of the more harshest critics of Google’s dominance on the Internet, said it was “inappropriate” for the president to meet Schmidt in private while the search engine giant is being scrutinized by various U.S. government departments.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On FTC To Enact Do Not Track, Says Force Of Law Needed

CONTACT: , 310-392-7041 & Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043

18. February 2011

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On FTC To Enact Do Not Track, Says Force Of Law Needed

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to create a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumers’ online privacy and added that such a mechanism must have the force of law behind it.

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In Calif., Obama Woos Tech Moguls

By , POLITICO.COM

17. February 2011

One potentially rough patch for Obama is Google. The company has pending business before the Department of Justice, which has yet to rule on the company’s attempt to acquire the online travel booking company ITA, and recently drew criticism for skipping a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on rogue web sites. Consumer Watchdog, a California nonprofit long critical of Google’s business practices, pronounced itself “deeply distressed to learn that President Obama is meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt today behind closed doors as the Justice Department is poised to render its [Justice Department] decision.”

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Consumer Watchdog To Senate Judiciary: President Should Not Meet Behind Closed Doors With Google

CONTACT: , 310-392-7041, Jamie Court, 310-392-0552, x327, & Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043

17. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog To Senate Judiciary: President Should Not Meet Behind Closed Doors With Google

Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it is, “deeply distressed to learn that President Obama is meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt today behind closed doors as the Justice Department is poised to render its decision on Google’s acquisition of ITA, which has caused deep concern within in the travel industry about Google’s ability to drive out competitors in the online airline booking industry.”

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‘Dilbert’ Focuses On Online Privacy

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15. February 2011

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‘Dilbert’ Focuses On Online Privacy

When an issue becomes the topic of a comic strip, you know it’s on the nation’s agenda. Online privacy crossed that threshold today in Scott Adams’ Dilbert.

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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes New Senate Privacy Panel, Calls For Wi-Spy and Do Not Track Hearings

CONTACT: , 310-392-7041; and Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043

15. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes New Senate Privacy Panel, Calls For Wi-Spy and Do Not Track Hearings

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track Me legislation.

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Internet ‘Do Not Track’ Bill Introduced In Congress

By , INFORMATIONWEEK

14. February 2011

Proposed legislation is designed to protect Web users’ privacy, prevent advertisers from monitoring online usage. An Internet version of the popular “Do Not Call” telephone legislation took a step toward reality on Friday, when a California Democrat introduced legislation in Congress designed to let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online.

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Peninsula Rep. Sponsors ‘Do Not Track’ Online Privacy Bill

By , KCBS-AM (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

12. February 2011

SAN MATEO, CA (KCBS) — A “Do Not Track” bill was introduced in Congress Friday and consumer and privacy advocates are applauding the move.

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California Legislator Introduces Do Not Track Bill

By , INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

11. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit which looks out for consumer interests, introduced the bill at a press conference along with Speier and other advocates.

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