Archive | May, 2011

Online Privacy Bill Fails To Pass

28. May 2011

The measure is supported by groups including the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., Child Abuse Prevention Council and Consumer Watchdog. Some advocates contend that parents should have the legal authority to order websites to delete online information that puts their children at risk.

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Google claims it doesn’t understand what Do Not Track means

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23. May 2011

Google claims it doesn’t understand what Do Not Track  means

I’ve just seen what has to be the lamest excuse ever to come out of the Googleplex. Apparently Google hasn’t implemented a Do Not Track mechanism on its Chrome browser, because, according to one of the Internet Giant’s top privacy lawyers, Keith Enright, the geeks in Mountain View “need more granularity and a more reasonable […]

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Growing Privacy Scrutiny of Mobile Could Lead to Legislation This Year

23. May 2011

“The message for mobile companies is that they’ve got to get up-to-speed with privacy best practices and act responsibly,” said John M. Simpson, Washington-based director of nonprofit Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project. “If they don’t, there is going to be really strong regulation really quickly,” he said.

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Google Says It Is Combating Illegal Ads

20. May 2011

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20 (UPI) — U.S. technology giant Google Inc. said it is taking a proactive stance against illegal advertising, the subject of a U.S. Justice Department probe. “Google has a natural long-term financial incentive to make sure that the advertisements we serve are trustworthy,” said company spokeswoman Diana Adair, The Washington Post […]

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Senate “tussle” is good for privacy

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19. May 2011

Senate “tussle” is good for privacy

There can’t be anything better than having legislators compete to answer popular demand for better privacy protection. Hauling tech executives in and asking them to explain themselves never hurts. Twice in two weeks is even better.

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FCC Announces a Public Forum on Smartphone Location Tracking Systems

19. May 2011

John Simpson, spokesman for Consumer Watchdog, notes that the FCC is continuing an investigation into Google’s past practice of sending fleets of specially equipped vehicles criss-crossing city streets in 30-plus nations to take photos for its mapping service — and to collect data from Wi-Fi systems in homes and businesses.

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Is Google Profiting From Illegal Ads?

19. May 2011

The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog released a report this year tracking ads on Google’s site that preyed on consumers looking for mortgage modifications. The report called Google “a prominent beneficiary of the national home loan and foreclosure crisis of the past two years.”

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Sen. Blumenthal demands answers on Wi-Fi privacy

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18. May 2011

Sen. Blumenthal demands answers on Wi-Fi privacy

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Google got away with Wi-Spy, why can’t I?

18. May 2011

Google got away with Wi-Spy, why can’t I?

The Senate Commerce committee has called Google and other technology execs to testify tomorrow on mobile privacy. What Google was collecting with its street view cars has every relevance to what they’re doing now, and I hope Senators finally grill them on the topic under oath. (More questions Google should have to answer here.)

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Jamie Court: Browser Beater

18. May 2011

Consumer Watchdog has dogged Google since 2008 on a number of issues. Particularly galling to Court is Google’s massive collection of Internet users’ information obtained through unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, which he says is a violation of wiretapping laws.

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Google Deflects PR Firm’s Attack of Gmail Privacy

10. May 2011

“Much of Google’s privacy problems stem from the company’s culture,” says John Simpson, spokesman for the non-profit Consumer Watchdog. “They hire like-minded engineers who push the creepy line, then apologize when they get caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.”

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Consumer Groups Welcome ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Push

10. May 2011

Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog noted that Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple are incorporating a mechanism into their Web browsers to send a “Do Not Track” message but there is currently no legal requirement that a website honor the request.

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Do-Not-Track-Online One Step Closer To Being National Right

9. May 2011

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Do-Not-Track-Online One Step Closer To Being National Right

A poll by Consumer Watchdog found that 90 percent of Americans want legislation to protect their online privacy, and 80 percent support a Do Not Track mechanism. Another 86 percent want a single-click button on their browsers that makes them anonymous when they search online.

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