By Wendy Davis , ONLINE MEDIA DAILY
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.Continue reading...
By Martyn Williams , PCWORLD.COM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
While the FTC and Google came up with the settlement, it needs to be approved by a judge, which is what next month's hearing is about. Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has been critical of Google's privacy measures, will argue that the court should not sign off on the deal.Continue reading...
By Michael Liedtke , ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The FTC's proposed fine was applauded by Consumer Watchdog, a frequent critic of Google's privacy practices. The penalty "sends a strong message about the seriousness of Google's wanton and egregious privacy violation," said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's privacy project.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-292-1902
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Group Complained to Commission After Grad Student Discovered iPads, iPhones Were Hacked SANTA MNICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission reportedly plans to fine Google $22.5 million for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads that use Apple’s Safari browser. Consumer Watchdog praised the Commission today for its expected strong action defending consumer privacy.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-0522 x317
Friday, May 4, 2012
Consumer Watchdog Complained To Commission After Hack Was Discovered SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to fine Google millions of dollars for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint in February with the FTC after Stanford Researcher Jonathan Mayer revealed what the Internet giant was doing.Continue reading...
CONTACT: Carmen Balber , 310-392-0522 x308; or Jamie Court, x327
Friday, March 16, 2012
Says FTC Action Needed to Stop Google Engineers Playing ‘Fast and Loose’ With Consumers’ Private Information Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was lying to consumers and called on the FTC to act.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented to fully protect consumers.Continue reading...
By Staff Writers , AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
"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."Continue reading...
By Staff Writers , CNET.COM
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.Continue reading...
By James Temple , THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The group Consumer Watchdog and some lawmakers asked publicly whether Google had violated last year's settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over an unrelated privacy breach. Some tech watchers said that while the company's actions are certainly questionable, the full extent of the breach probably exceeded what Google had intended to do, as Google itself maintains.Continue reading...
By Jennifer Valentino-Devries , THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Google falsely told Safari users that they could control the collection of data…when in fact Google was circumventing the preference," wrote John Simpson, the privacy-project director with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. Another advocacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, also made similar charges.Continue reading...
By Levi Sumagaysay , GOOD MORNING SILICON VALLEY BLOG (San Jose Mercury News)
Friday, February 17, 2012
The day after a Wall Street Journal report that Google and other ad networks bypassed settings on Apple‘s Safari Web browser — which doesn’t allow certain third-party cookies — reactions are mixed. While some tech bloggers are saying, basically, that the WSJ report is blowing this thing out of proportion, one persistent Google critic, the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, has reportedly already asked the FTC to investigate. And Microsoft, which is no friend of Google’s, has also weighed in and blasted its competitor. There’s no getting around it: This looks bad for Google, which lately seems to be putting out one PR fire after another.Continue reading...
By Richard Adhikari , TECHNEWSWORLD.COM
Friday, February 17, 2012
Google is among a handful of companies that used a certain unusual characteristic of Apple's Safari Web browser to insert tracking cookies on users' machines, according to recent research from a Stanford grad student. The news has outraged consumer advocacy groups, though Google claims it was using known Safari functionality to provide features that signed in Google users had enabled.Continue reading...