Archive | September, 2012

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Auto Outlook: Robo-Cars Legal In Calif.

By , UPI

30. September 2012

With all that technology at work, John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project, says manufacturers will have to let the public know in writing how much data about them and their movements is being collected by the driverless vehicle.

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Google Well Poised To Privatize The Web

By , TECHEYE.NET

27. September 2012

Consumer Watchdog is calling for ICANN to keep a close eye on enormous corporations such as Google and Amazon, and to reject applications made to buy new Top Level Domains (TLDs) in bulk.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges ICANN To Reject Google, Amazon Applications To Buy Generic Internet Domains

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27. September 2012

Consumer Watchdog Urges ICANN To Reject Google, Amazon Applications To Buy Generic Internet Domains

Says Control of New Strings Could Threaten Free Internet SANTA MONICA, CA  – Consumer Watchdog has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to reject applications from Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains. In an open letter to […]

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Self-Driving Cars Now Legal In California

By , CNN.COM

26. September 2012

Consumer Watchdog, a consumer-rights group, has expressed reservations about the cars on privacy grounds, saying they would allow Google to gather personal information about passengers.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Driverless Car Law

By , SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

26. September 2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Driverless Car Law

Consumer groups charge Google and other companies are really only interested in using the on-board computers to track people’s movements like on the Web.

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Calif. Gives Driverless Cars Go-Ahead

By , SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

26. September 2012

Another lingering concern about driverless cars is privacy. The machines will have to collect and store certain information about a person’s movements as part of their basic functioning, as well as to improve their performance over time. Because of pressure from privacy advocates, the law requires manufacturers to provide written disclosures describing the data collected. But John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project, says that doesn’t go far enough.

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Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

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25. September 2012

Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Jerry Brown Signs Driverless Car Bill

By , CAPITOL ALERT - SACRAMENTO BEE

25. September 2012

Opponents of the bill included the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Consumer Watchdog. Automakers have raised liability concerns, while Consumer Watchdog argued Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on California roads until privacy protections are in place.

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Proposed Google Settlement is Inadequate: Consumer Watchdog

By , TECHZONE360.COM

25. September 2012

Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser.

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Advocacy Group Urges Court To Reject Google’s ‘Miniscule’ $22.5M Privacy Settlement

By , ONLINE MEDIA DAILY

24. September 2012

A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. “The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient,” the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco.

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FTC $22.5 Million Settlement With Google Is Deficient For Three Reasons Including Failure To Include Permanent Injunction, Consumer Watchdog Tells Court

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24. September 2012

FTC $22.5 Million Settlement With Google Is Deficient For Three Reasons Including Failure To Include Permanent Injunction, Consumer Watchdog Tells Court

SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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White House May Try Cybersecurity End Run

By , TECH NEWS WORLD

21. September 2012

“It is clear that we do need better protection of vulnerable networks,” John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld. “Congress was unable to act, so I suppose the Administration is taking steps.” He cautioned, however, that he had not seen a copy of the draft order.

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Microsoft Launches Google-Is-Evil Campaign Targeted At Safari Users

By , COMPUTERWORLD.COM

21. September 2012

Google never admitted it violated any FTC regulations, although it did agree to pay the fine. The group ConsumerWatchdog.org criticized the settlement because it felt the fine wasn’t large enough, and because Google never had to admit it did anything wrong. John Simpson, director of the privacy project at ConsumerWatchdog.org said, “This is letting Google buy its way out of trouble.”

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