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Google Well Poised To Privatize The Web

Thursday, September 27, 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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How Google Barged Into The Travel Business

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“There is a fundamental conflict between being a search provider and a content provider,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director.

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Google Rolls Out New Privacy Policy Amid Howls

Thursday, March 1, 2012

“Calling this a ‘privacy policy’ is Orwellian doublespeak,” said John Simpson of the US advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.

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Google Bypassed Apple Privacy Settings: Researcher

Saturday, February 18, 2012

“Google has clearly engaged in ‘unfair and deceptive’ practices,” said Consumer Watchdog privacy project director John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “They have been lying about how people can protect their privacy in their instructions about how to opt out of receiving targeted advertising.”

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Privacy Brouhaha Reveals Google’s Split Personality

Saturday, February 18, 2012

An FTC spokesman said the agency had received the Consumer Watchdog complaint but said he could not comment further. “We are taking immediate steps to address concerns and we are happy to answer any questions regulators and others may have,” Google said in a statement when asked to comment.

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Consumers Oppose Google-Motorola Mobile Merger

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An American consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, wrote to Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, on 24 January, to ask him to ban Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobile (see separate article). “Google controls 95% of the mobile search market.

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Los Angeles Axes Plans to Add Police Email to Google Cloud

Friday, December 16, 2011

The issues surrounding the Google Apps deal with Los Angeles came to a head in October, when Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog released on its website a letter from Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin to systems integrator CSC that formally requested that CSC refund to Los Angeles money spent on seat licenses and migration costs associated with moving its law enforcement and criminal justice personnel to Google’s cloud product.

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Consumer Watchdog Asks Senator Kohl To Recall Google’s Schmidt As Witness

Friday, October 7, 2011

Noting (as I did on Monday) that Schmidt had basically recanted his contrite testimony before Congress in basically calling the government slow and stupid in a Washington Post interview, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to Senate chairman Herb Kohl that Schmidt should be recalled to testify by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee…

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U.S. Lawmakers Frustrated By Lack Of Answers About Google Street View Wi-spying

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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In January, Consumer Watchdog released a report that detailed the range of the federal government’s current contracts with Google. The amount of cash the group found is only $40 million, a tiny amount compared to Google’s annual revenue of almost $30 billion. But the contracts give the company a competitive edge in key emerging markets, as well as highlight the deepening relationship between Google and the Obama administration — and the conflicts of interest that could potentially arise.

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Group Slams White House Google Links

Friday, June 24, 2011

A consumer group says the White House must distance itself from Google while the company is the subject of a federal antitrust investigation.

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Google Says It Is Combating Illegal Ads

Friday, May 20, 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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Consumer Groups Welcome ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Push

Tuesday, May 10, 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 Bill Up For Vote

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

“Consumers should have the right to choose if their private information…is collected, analyzed and profiled by companies tracking activities online,” John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said.

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