Consumer advocacy groups, such as Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) and
Consumer Watchdog, warn that such online records could pose a threat to
patients’ health privacy rights. PPR says the most recent health IT
portion of the Senate version of the economic stimulus bill intoduces
loopholes that allow the sale and misuse of personal health information.
Santa Monica, CA — A national consumer group today called upon Google
to publicly disclose its lobbying positions on the electronic medical
record provisions of the financial stimulus legislation given a new
account by an independent journalist that Google’s presence on the bill
was felt on Capitol Hill.
The White House webmaster apparently is hearing concerns from privacy advocates about exemptions from federal rules for Google’s YouTube video service, but I’m not applauding the latest response at all.
Santa Monica, CA — The non-partisan Consumer Watchdog called on Google
today to cease a rumored lobbying effort aimed at allowing the sale of
electronic medical records in the current version of the Economic
Stimulus legislation. Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to remove
loopholes in the ban on the sale of medical records and include other
privacy protections absent from the current bill such as giving
patients the right to an audit detailing who had accessed their medical
records and how the records were used.
Twelve hours after blogger Chris Soghoian revealed privacy concerns about Google’s involvement with the …
A model’s suit to force Google to identify an anonymous blogger highlights the privacy issues surrounding many of Google’s services.
According to …
A Santa Monica, California-based nonprofit group that advocates for
consumers is calling for the Internet’s search and ad leader to change
the way it records users’ information. Officials with Consumer Watchdog say they want to see Google Inc. store
personal search data for less than its current nine months, following
Yahoo!’s lead, and also to give users a choice to “opt out” out of data
retention, as some other search engines do.
The oracle of progressive opinion, the New York Times editorial page, articulated the core concept for new privacy protection in America: "Internet users should be able to control how much of their personal data companies keep."
A Consumer Group Has Asked Google To Let Users Opt-Out Of Leaving Personal Data On The Search Vendor’s Systems.
The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog asked on Friday that Google give users of its search engine the ability to
"opt out" of leaving personal data, such as IP addresses, on Google’s servers.
This week Yahoo released a new policy on data retention. Under the policy, the number two search engine will anonymize its users log data within 90 days. Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer group, immediately called on
Google to match Yahoo’s policy. Google currently has a policy of
retaining data for nine months. Microsoft has an 18-month policy.
Seeks Meeting With Chairman Eric Schmidt About Privacy Concerns
Santa Monica, CA — Google should offer users of its search engine
the ability to leave no personal data on the Internet giant’s servers, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said today and asked for a
meeting with Google’s chairman to discuss the group’s privacy concerns.
John Simpson, a privacy advocate for the non-profit consumer rights
group Consumer Watchdog, said no less than a zero retention policy will
suffice, arguing that since most users of Google or Yahoo return daily
they are constantly providing a new stream of personal data. His group
wants users to have the option to control their data and browse
Santa Monica, CA — Internet giant Google must match new privacy
measures announced by search rival Yahoo!, Consumer Watchdog said
today, and called on both companies to enact stronger protections to
truly guarantee users’ privacy. The nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer
group warned the public that even with shorter data retention times,
identifiable personal data remains on the search companies’ servers
because each point of contact renews the data retention window.