Archive | October, 2013

Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

22. October 2013

Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC — Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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23 US Public Interest Groups Back European Union Data Protection Regulation

17. October 2013

23 US Public Interest Groups Back European Union Data Protection Regulation

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 23 US consumer, privacy and public interest groups today wrote the European Parliament expressing strong support for the proposed European Data Protection Regulation because “we believe that the promotion of stronger privacy standards in Europe will benefit consumers around the globe.”

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Five Public Interest Groups Underscore Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

16. October 2013

Five Public Interest Groups Underscore Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because proposed recipients of settlement funds don’t represent the interests of the class.

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