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New book explains why you can’t trust Google

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8. May 2011

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New book explains why you can’t trust Google

Nobody can doubt the pervasive influence Google has in our daily lives. For most people the Internet giant has become the primary gateway to the Web. No doubt many of its services are useful, but what is the real impact of a company whose audacious mission is ” to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful?” Scott Cleland has been doing some serious thinking about Google. His book, “Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc,” is the result.

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Internet Privacy Bills Are Planned

7. May 2011

The bills announced Friday give new impetus to allowing consumers to request they not be tracked, said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. “Demand for ‘do not track’ protection is swelling, and that makes sense,” he said. “This is an idea whose time has come, and I believe people will finally get the protection they are demanding.”

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Do-Not-Track Laws Gain US Momentum

6. May 2011

The chairman of the powerful US senate commerce committee plans to introduce a bill [1] next week that will require companies to give online shoppers the opportunity to opt out of online tracking – and enforcement powers to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Online Privacy Concerns Fuel Drive For ‘Do-Not-Track’ Legislation

6. May 2011

“Demand for do-not-track protection is swelling and that makes sense,” said John Simpson, spokesman for the group Consumer Watchdog. “This is an idea whose time has come, and I believe people will finally get the protection they are demanding. Senator Rockefeller should be commended for pushing the issue.”

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California’s Do Not Track Law Takes a Step Forward

5. May 2011

Still, it’s the first time such a bill has made it out of committee, and that’s a big deal, according to John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project. “This is the first time that a ‘do not track’ bill has actually had a hearing and been debated and then voted forward in the legislative process,” he said.

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California Bill Clears Committee After Nation’s First Legislative Hearing on Do-Not-Track

5. May 2011

“A Do Not Track mechanism would give consumers better control of their information and help restore their confidence in the internet,” Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog’s president, said in a written statement after the committee action. “That’s a win-win for consumers and business.”

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Viewpoints: ‘Do Not Track’ Would Protect Online Privacy

5. May 2011

Why should iPhone and Android users have to worry about being spied on by their smart phones? Shouldn’t we be able to say no to some of California’s biggest companies, Google and Facebook, when they violate our privacy daily by tracking us online and collecting massive amounts of our private information without our explicit consent?

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Consumer Watchdog Asks FTC To Probe Google’s Deceptive Trade Practices In Marketing Google Apps for Government; Buzz Agreement Maybe Violated

5. May 2011

Consumer Watchdog Asks FTC To Probe Google’s Deceptive Trade Practices In Marketing Google Apps for Government; Buzz Agreement Maybe Violated

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today said Google used deceptive and unfair trade practices in marketing its “cloud computing” services to government entities and asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

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California Do-Not-Track Web Privacy Law Moves Forward

4. May 2011

Consumer Watchdog said in its statement that the problem with do-not-track at the browser level is that there’s no requirement on the web site to honor the do-not-track request.

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Do-Not-Track Bill Clears California Judiciary Committee

4. May 2011

The measure (SB 761), introduced last month by California Sen. Alan Lowenthal, requires the state attorney general to issue regulations that would require Web companies to notify state residents about online data collection and allow them to opt out. The bill, sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, applies not only to so-called personally identifiable information like users’ names, but also to unique identifiers, such as customer numbers of IP addresses.

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California “Do Not Track” Bill Moves Ahead In Historic First; Could Be Model For Nation

4. May 2011

California “Do Not Track” Bill Moves Ahead In Historic First; Could Be Model For Nation

SACRAMENTO, CA – For the first time in American history a privacy proposal to give people the right to stop collection of their personal information online has passed a legislative committee.

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Web Tracking Bill Draws Fire From Facebook, Google

3. May 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Legislation proposed in California that would mandate a means for Web users to easily prevent websites from gathering their personal information is moving forward, despite intensive lobbying and opposition from some of the state’s largest Internet firms — including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.

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Companies Angry Over “Do Not Track” Internet Privacy Legislation

3. May 2011

President of Consumer Watchdog, Jamie Court, said there’s also concern that the information could fall into the wrong hands or be misused. “You search out of curiosity for ‘marijuana’ you don’t want to be followed by cannabis ads,” said Court. “You should have the right to not be tracked doing that search.”

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