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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

The forty-state probe by attorneys general slowed after then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was elected to the U.S. Senate, but he clearly hasn’t dropped his concerns. In a letter this week to the chief executives of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Research in Motion, Skyhook Wireless and Nokia, Blumenthal writes that widespread use of smartphones “raises [...]

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New book explains why you can’t trust Google

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8. May 2011

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New book explains why you can’t trust Google

Nobody can doubt the pervasive influence Google has in our daily lives. For most people the Internet giant has become the primary gateway to the Web. No doubt many of its services are useful, but what is the real impact of a company whose audacious mission is ” to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful?” Scott Cleland has been doing some serious thinking about Google. His book, “Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc,” is the result.

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France Fines Google Over Wi-Spy

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21. March 2011

France Fines Google Over Wi-Spy

France’s privacy watchdog has just fined Google 100,000 euros ($142,000) as a result of the Internet giant’s Wi-Spy activities. It may not be a lot to a company whose worldwide annual sales are around $25 billion a year, but it’s the biggest fine the regulator has issued.

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Cause For Concern About Washington’s Privacy Drive

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16. March 2011

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Cause For Concern About Washington’s Privacy Drive

The Obama Administration threw its weight behind privacy legislation Wednesday as Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling testified before the Senate Commerce Committee about online privacy. Clearly Washington is focusing on privacy issues, but will meaningful consumer protections be enacted? There is cause for concern.

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Congressmen Quickly Agree To Our Call For Google Hearings

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24. February 2011

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Congressmen  Quickly Agree To Our Call For Google Hearings

Concerned with the way Google was gathering social security numbers from children in connection with its “Doodle 4 Google” contest, I wrote to Reps. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Joe Barton, R-TX, calling for hearings in to the incident as well as a look at the Google Wi-Spy scandal. I sent the letter via email around noon today and later this afternoon in a joint statement the co-chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus agreed to schedule a hearing.

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‘Dilbert’ Focuses On Online Privacy

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15. February 2011

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‘Dilbert’ Focuses On Online Privacy

When an issue becomes the topic of a comic strip, you know it’s on the nation’s agenda. Online privacy crossed that threshold today in Scott Adams’ Dilbert.

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Busy Time Ahead For Online Privacy

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3. February 2011

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Busy Time Ahead For Online Privacy

Next week will be a busy one in Washington for online privacy as at least two bills are expected to be introduced in the House. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, plans to offer a Do Not Track legislation and Rep. Bobby Rush, D- Il, is expected to re-introduce his online privacy bill. There’s activity outside Congress as well.

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Google’s Search “Sting” Is Hypocritical

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2. February 2011

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Google’s  Search “Sting” Is Hypocritical

Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft’s search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in “a spy-novelesque stunt.”

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