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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

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

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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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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Court Will Reconsider Google’s Safari Privacy Deal

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

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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.

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Source: Google To Pay $22.5M Fine In Privacy Case

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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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.

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FTC’s Expected Record $22.5 Million Fine For Google Praised By Consumer Watchdog

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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FTC’s Expected Record $22.5 Million Fine For Google Praised By Consumer Watchdog

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.

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FTC Appears Ready To Fine Google Millions For iPad, iPhone Privacy Breach

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Friday, May 4, 2012

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FTC Appears Ready To Fine Google Millions For iPad, iPhone Privacy Breach

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.

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Consumer Watchdog Applauds FTC, EU Investigations of Google’s Violation of Apple Users’ Privacy

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Friday, March 16, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Applauds FTC, EU Investigations of Google’s Violation of Apple Users’ Privacy

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.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls California ‘Apps’ Privacy Agreement A Step Forward, But Says Do Not Track Legislation Is Necessary To Protect Consumers

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Calls California ‘Apps’ Privacy Agreement A Step Forward, But Says Do Not Track Legislation Is Necessary To Protect Consumers

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.

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Google Bypassed Apple Privacy Settings: Researcher

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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"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."

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Privacy Brouhaha Reveals Google’s Split Personality

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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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.

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How Google Gets Inside Browsers

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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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.

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Lawmakers Target Google’s Tracking

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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"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.

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Google, Safari And The Wild Web At War

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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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.

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