Archive | March, 2011

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Privacy Groups Cheer FTC’s Action Over Google Buzz

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30. March 2011

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“We appreciate this landmark privacy decision by the FTC, but Google needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line,” said John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, in a statement. “Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users’ privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts.”

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Google Settles Buzz Case With US Government

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30. March 2011

“We appreciate this landmark privacy decision by the FTC, but Google needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line,” said Consumer Watchdog privacy project director John M. Simpson. “Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users’ privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts.”

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Gauntlet Thrown Down In Google Settlement

By , POLITICO

30. March 2011

“My assessment of this is that the FTC is struggling mightily to do as much as it can, given the legal structure it’s got,” said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, which has urged the federal government to investigate Google in a number of areas. Simpson added the entire flap ultimately reflects the urgency with which Congress should pass a new law, preferably one that would allow consumers to opt-out of advertisements targeted to their browsing behavior, called “Do Not Track.”

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Google Introduces New Social Tool and Settles Privacy Charge

By & Tanzina Vega, THE NEW YORK TIMES

30. March 2011

“It’s ironic it’s (+1) coming out on the same day” as the F.T.C. settlement, said John M. Simpson, an advocate at Consumer Watchdog, a critic of Google. “It seems to me there are some of the same kinds of issues that happened with Buzz. The key is how transparent and open it is about what’s going to be shared and how you share it.”

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Google Settles With Feds, Apologizes (Again) For Buzz Privacy Blunder

By , WIRED.COM - EPICENTER BLOG

30. March 2011

John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, said the FTC should have gone further and actually fined the search giant. “Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users’ privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts,” he said in a statement.

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Google, FTC Reach Google Buzz Privacy Settlement

By , AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

30. March 2011

John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog welcomed the FTC settlement but said Google “needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line. Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users’ privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts,” Simpson said.

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Will Schmidt Divest From Google to Become Commerce Secretary?

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30. March 2011

Will Schmidt Divest From Google to Become Commerce Secretary?

The strong buzz in Washington, DC is that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is President Obama’s top choice for Commerce Secretary and an appointment is coming soon. The CEO who made billions collecting our personal information online and serving us up to advertisers, the guy who created online privacy problems, would head the federal agency responsible for developing and executing the administration’s online privacy policies.

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Consumer Watchdog Praises FTC For Requiring Privacy Audits For Google, But Says Fines And Further Action Required

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30. March 2011

Consumer Watchdog Praises FTC For Requiring Privacy Audits For Google, But Says Fines And Further Action Required

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog praised the Federal Trade Commission for requiring Google to submit to privacy audits for the next twenty years, but said the Internet giant should also face monetary penalties for its abuses. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called for government action to curtail Google’s anti-competitive practices.

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Is Google’s Book Setback A Win For Consumers?

By , SMARTMONEY.COM

23. March 2011

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Google hasn’t exactly made life easy for itself by already scanning millions of books. John M. Simpson, director of the privacy project for the non-profit California-based Consumer Watchdog group, supports the digitization of the world’s books, but says, “Google’s entire business model is to never ask permission, but to seek forgiveness if necessary. Judge Chin has ruled simply that you can’t take other people’s property and use it without asking.”

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Judge Echoes Google Critics In Digital Book Ruling

By , ASSOCIATED PRESS

23. March 2011

“Google has built a monopoly in search, and having a monopoly isn’t necessarily illegal,” said John Simpson, a frequent Google critic who has been following the company’s business practices for the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. “The question is once you are in a monopoly position, how do you use it? I think Google has repeatedly abused it, and that come out in this decision.”

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Consumer Watchdog Praises Judge For Blocking Google Books Deal

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22. March 2011

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Consumer Watchdog Praises Judge For Blocking Google Books Deal

Decision Sends Message Google Must Ask Permission Before Using Others’ Property

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog praised Federal Judge Denny Chin today for rejecting the Google Books settlement and added that Google should finally learn it cannot usurp and exploit other people’s work and information without first asking permission. The decision also raised serious antitrust issues, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group noted.

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US Judge Rejects Deal For Google Digital Book Plan

By , AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

22. March 2011

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John Simpson of settlement opponent Consumer Watchdog said the ruling “should send the message to the engineers at the Googleplex that the next time they want to use someone’s intellectual property, they need to ask permission.”

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France Fines Google Over Wi-Spy

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21. March 2011

France Fines Google Over Wi-Spy

France’s privacy watchdog has just fined Google 100,000 euros ($142,000) as a result of the Internet giant’s Wi-Spy activities. It may not be a lot to a company whose worldwide annual sales are around $25 billion a year, but it’s the biggest fine the regulator has issued.

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