Author Archives | Wendy Davis

Consumer Watchdog: Google’s Safari-Hack Settlement Not In Public Interest

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Consumer Watchdog challenges that $4 million figure. “The government has not given this court any insight into how it made its calculations,” the organization argues, adding that it needs more evidence from Google in order to determine the extent of profits from the workaround.

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

Monday, September 24, 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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Google Agrees To $22.5 Mil Fine For Tracking Safari Users

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Google has agreed to a record $22.5 million fine to settle charges that it circumvented the privacy settings of Safari users, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Thursday.

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Do-Not-Track Bill Clears California Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, May 4, 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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Do-Not-Track Bill Introduced In California

Monday, April 4, 2011

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which is sponsoring Lowenthal’s bill, says that if it is enacted, California would become the first state to give people the right to eschew online tracking.

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Privacy Groups Ask For Greater Oversight Of Pharma Ad Targeting

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A coalition of privacy groups and other advocates are asking the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether online health marketers engage in deceptive practices by tracking users across the Web in order to serve them targeted ads.

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Official’s Buzz Profile Sparks FOIA Request For His Emails

Friday, April 2, 2010

Google’s Buzz has drawn two privacy lawsuits, a request for a Federal Trade Commission investigation and some pointed criticism by lawmakers. Now, information revealed by Buzz about Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Obama administration and former Google lobbyist, has spurred Consumer Watchdog — which opposed McLaughlin’s appointment — to file a Freedom [...]

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Google Faces New Antitrust Complaints

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Earlier this month, the shopping comparison search engine myTriggers brought an antitrust action against Google, alleging that the search giant unfairly lowered myTriggers’ quality score. This
afternoon, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog piled on. Consumer Watchdog
called for the Department of Justice to investigate whether Google "is
manipulating" search results by returning its own sites high in the
search results.

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Privacy And Consumer Advocacy Groups Cite Privacy, Competition Concerns With Google-AdMob Deal

Monday, December 28, 2009

Google’s proposed $750 million acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob
would threaten privacy while also decreasing competition, two advocacy
groups said Monday in a letter to Federal Trade Commission chair Jon
Leibowitz. The organizations are asking the FTC to block the deal. "The consolidation of AdMob into Google would provide significant
amounts of data for targeting advertising," the Center for Digital
Democracy and Consumer Watchdog argue.

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Library Groups Voice Concerns About Google Books

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Google has said the settlement will benefit authors, publishers and readers, because it will result in expanded access to books. Nonetheless, the deal is drawing increasingly vocal critics. Among
others, advocacy group Public Citizen opposes a portion of the
settlement, as does Consumer Watchdog. Additionally, New York Law
School intends to file a brief asking for antitrust oversight of the
deal. Last week, it also came to light that the Justice Department was
making inquiries about the settlement.

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Google, Others Ask For Delay In Book Search Settlement

Monday, April 27, 2009

With opponents to the ambitious Google Book Search settlement continuing to emerge, Google as well as authors and publishers have asked for a two-month delay in the search case. Earlier this month, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog also criticized
the settlement on the grounds that it would give Google "an effective
monopoly over digitized books" and asked the Department of Justice to

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Group: Consumers Not Considered In Google Book Search Settlement

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has joined the ranks of organizations
expressing concern about the proposed Google Book Search settlement. The group criticizes the settlement on the grounds that it would give
Google "an effective monopoly over digitized books" and is asking the
Department of Justice to intervene.

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Google Tries To Kibosh Funding Of Critic

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This week, it came to light that Google attempted to persuade a
foundation to stop funding Consumer Watchdog, Santa Monica, Calif.-based non-profit that
criticized the search giant for its privacy stance.

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