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Google Forging Ahead With New Policy Despite More Objections; Fines Needed

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28. February 2012

Google Forging Ahead With New Policy Despite More Objections; Fines Needed

Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Google faces questions from Congress; session should be public

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17. February 2012

Google faces questions from Congress; session should be public

Google is facing more questions from Congress. The Internet giant’s deliberate circumventing of privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser — that’s the one used on iPhones and iPads — is prompting the outrage. The deliberate privacy breach was discovered by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer and reported first by The Wall Street Journal.

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EPIC Files Suit To Block Google’s New Data Policy

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9. February 2012

EPIC Files Suit To Block Google’s New Data Policy

Our friends at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) went to court Wednesday to block Google from combining data gathered from its various services without users’ consent.

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Google’s Sad LA Saga Draws To A Close

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13. December 2011

Google’s Sad LA Saga Draws To A Close

Google’s sad saga of missed deadlines and unfulfilled promises in attempting to provide the City of Los Angeles with a “cloud” based email and collaboration system appears to be drawing to a close.

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Pushing for online privacy on the East and West Coasts

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4. November 2011

Pushing for online privacy on the East and West Coasts

The week began for me at meetings in the heart of geekdom in Silicon Valley and concluded with consumer and privacy advocates meeting in New York City.  The two sessions are more related than you might first think. The New York meetings, convened by the Consumer Federation of America, were an off-the-record session for consumer […]

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FTC ‘carefully monitoring’ online tracking

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19. August 2011

FTC  ‘carefully monitoring’ online tracking

I just received an encouraging letter from the Federal Trade Commission assuring me that its Division of Privacy and Identity Protection is “carefully monitoring the privacy issues associated with online tracking.” The letter, from Maneesha Mithal, the division’s Associate Director, was in response to our recent complaint about companies who said they would not track […]

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We need a right to be forgotten

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12. August 2011

We need a right to be forgotten

I remember as a young newspaper reporter going to different jurisdictions where public records were kept and putting together background information on an individual. I had to have a compelling reason to do it, because although the records were public, it took considerable effort to gather the information. With the Internet and the advent of […]

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Is Google adding a default security setting?

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9. August 2011

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Is Google adding a default security setting?

One of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops and the like is that anybody else on the network can read your email, Facebook postings, search requests and easily hack into your account unless the data is encrypted. The most common is SSL encryption using the HTTPS protocol.  If you use it, […]

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Should you believe what Eric Schmidt says or what Google does?

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25. July 2011

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Should you believe what Eric Schmidt says or what Google does?

Actions speak louder than words. That’s why I’m not putting much stock in what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says anymore.

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Google’s Do Not Track answer doesn’t track

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3. June 2011

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Google’s Do Not Track answer doesn’t track

If you follow a company closely, like I follow Google, there is no better place to remind its executives of your continued interest than the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting. It keeps them on their toes. I own a couple of shares of Google stock, so I headed up to Mountain View Thursday to attend the […]

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Google claims it doesn’t understand what Do Not Track means

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23. May 2011

Google claims it doesn’t understand what Do Not Track  means

I’ve just seen what has to be the lamest excuse ever to come out of the Googleplex. Apparently Google hasn’t implemented a Do Not Track mechanism on its Chrome browser, because, according to one of the Internet Giant’s top privacy lawyers, Keith Enright, the geeks in Mountain View “need more granularity and a more reasonable […]

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Senate “tussle” is good for privacy

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19. May 2011

Senate “tussle” is good for privacy

There can’t be anything better than having legislators compete to answer popular demand for better privacy protection. Hauling tech executives in and asking them to explain themselves never hurts. Twice in two weeks is even better.

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Sen. Blumenthal demands answers on Wi-Fi privacy

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18. May 2011

Sen. Blumenthal demands answers on Wi-Fi privacy

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