Archive | February, 2011

Google Blamed for Mortgage Fraud

11. February 2011

Consumer Watchdog has complained in a Feb. 8 letter to the Federal Trade Commission that Google and other search engines have not only been profiting by accepting deceptive advertising from fraudulent operators, but have also essentially been an accomplice in crime and should be made to stop “its harmful behavior.”

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Speier Unveils ‘Do-Not-Track’ Online Privacy Bill

11. February 2011

Just a day after Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., rolled out his latest online privacy legislation, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., unveiled a package of bills Friday that includes a “do-not-track” requirement giving consumers the option to opt-out of being tracked while browsing online.

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Online ‘Do Not Track’ Bill Introduced in House

11. February 2011

The bills were heralded by consumer groups, like Consumer Watchdog. “Consumers should have the right to choose if their private information – from shoe size, to health concerns, to religious beliefs – is collected, analyzed and profiled by companies tracking activities online,” said Carmen Balber, Washington director for Consumer Watchdog. “Do Not Track is the simple way for consumers to say ‘no thanks’ to being monitored while they surf the Web.”

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Landmark “Do Not Track Me” Bill To Block Unwanted Spying on the Internet, Says Consumer Watchdog

11. February 2011

Landmark “Do Not Track Me” Bill To Block Unwanted Spying on the Internet, Says Consumer Watchdog

WASHINGTON, DC — “Do Not Track Me” legislation introduced in Congress today by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, will let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog at a press conference today with the bill author and consumer and privacy advocates.

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Web Users Concerned About Privacy on Google, Facebook. Will ‘Do Not Track’ Help?

10. February 2011

In a statement, Consumer Watchdog said the Gallup/USA Today poll underscores the need for “do not track” legislation. The group pointed to a poll it conducted last summer that found that 90 percent of the 1,000 people it polled wanted legislation to protect their online privacy, while another 80 percent supported “do not track.” Another 86 percent wanted a single button that would enable anonymous Web browsing.

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Google Helps Mortgage Scammers Con Needy Homeowners, Study Finds

10. February 2011

Public advocacy group Consumer Watchdog says Google ads are helping mortgage relief fraudsters trick desperate homeowners, and has contacted the FTC to help make them stop.

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New Study Shows How Google Aids Mortgage Rescue Ripoffs Prompting Consumer Watchdog To Call For FTC To Intervene

10. February 2011

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New Study Shows How Google Aids Mortgage Rescue Ripoffs Prompting Consumer Watchdog To Call For FTC To Intervene

WASHINGTON, DC — Google has become a leading purveyor of ads by scammers who prey on struggling homeowners, according to a study released today by Consumer Watchdog, and the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the Internet giant from hosting the ads.

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Report: Privacy Worries Many Facebook, Google Users

9. February 2011

Ifmany of their users are worried specifically about privacy, Google and Facebook should support efforts to get the U.S. government to implement and enforce a “do not track” legislation and mechanism, Consumer Watchdog said in a statement in reaction to the survey.

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USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Need For “Do Not Track” Legislation, Consumer Watchdog Says As Rep. Jackie Speier Is Poised To Introduce Bill In Congress

9. February 2011

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USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Need For “Do Not Track” Legislation, Consumer Watchdog Says As Rep. Jackie Speier Is Poised To Introduce Bill In Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — A new USA Today/Gallup poll that found most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google confirms an earlier poll by Consumer Watchdog and underscores the need for a Do Not Track mechanism to protect consumers online, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group said today.

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Most Facebook, Google Users Worry About Privacy and Security

9. February 2011

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Data flowing through the Web have translated into a candy store for criminals. It’s easier than ever for even low-skilled hackers to spread infections via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter postings and corrupted Google search results — and take full control of Web-connected PCs. And those risks are intensifying with rising use of smartphones and mobile devices to access the Web. “A smartphone is more appropriately called a spyphone,” says John Simpson, spokesman for Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit advocacy group. “The mobile world is like the wild west.”

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Busy Time Ahead For Online Privacy

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3. February 2011

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Busy Time Ahead For Online Privacy

Next week will be a busy one in Washington for online privacy as at least two bills are expected to be introduced in the House. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, plans to offer a Do Not Track legislation and Rep. Bobby Rush, D- Il, is expected to re-introduce his online privacy bill. There’s activity outside Congress as well.

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Google’s Search “Sting” Is Hypocritical

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2. February 2011

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Google’s  Search “Sting” Is Hypocritical

Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft’s search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in “a spy-novelesque stunt.”

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Is Google’s Copying Complaint Fair or Hypocritical?

2. February 2011

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When involved in a spat over allegations of unauthorized copying or misappropriation of content and ideas, Google — fairly or not — usually plays the villain… “Google’s complaint is the height of hypocrisy. The company’s entire business model is built on the use of other people’s content usually without bothering to seek permission,” said John Simpson, from Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google research team.

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