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White House May Try Cybersecurity End Run

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Friday, September 21, 2012

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"It is clear that we do need better protection of vulnerable networks," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld. "Congress was unable to act, so I suppose the Administration is taking steps." He cautioned, however, that he had not seen a copy of the draft order.

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Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake.

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Google Antitrust Deal In Europe Would Impact U.S.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Google Antitrust Deal In Europe Would Impact U.S.

Google -- facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion -- is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators' objections without having to pay a fine. It's not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States. Joaquin Almunia, EU competition commissioner, said that any concessions the Internet giant offers to resolve the EU's antitrust concerns would be applied worldwide.

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European Regulators Put Google in the Hot Seat on Privacy Changes

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Stonewalling is Google's M.O. when it comes to regulatory requests, John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director, told the E-Commerce Times. "Google did it with the FCC over its inquiry into the StreetView project," he said. "The FCC fined Google (US)$25,000 because it dragged its feet in responding."

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They’re Finally Getting Google’s Number

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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They’re Finally Getting Google’s Number

Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google’s executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company’s activities. It wasn’t a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used to see Google as a [...]

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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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Reding: Google Privacy Policy Is Illegal

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Monday, March 5, 2012

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California-based Google critic Consumer Watchdog called Google’s sweeping changes a “spy policy” rather than a privacy policy, an allusion to the fact that the move will help Google funnel data on users in one larger silo for targeted ads.

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Google Privacy Policy Strikes Out With EU, Others

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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"Calling this a privacy policy is Orwellian doublespeak," John Simpson, privacy project director for Consumer Watchdog and a longtime Google critic, said in a statement. "Google isn't telling you about protecting your privacy. Google is telling you how they will gather information about you on all of its services, combine it in new ways and use the fat new digital dossiers to sell more ads. They're telling you how they plan to spy on you."

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Google’s Privacy Rules Grow, But Do Protections?

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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“Google claims that it’s attempting to streamline its policies — in fact, it’s about building even more detailed digital dossiers about the people who use Google services so that Google will get more ad revenue.,” says John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, a California-based non-profit organization.“

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

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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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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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Google CEO Page To Testify About New Privacy Policy

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Google CEO Page To Testify About New Privacy Policy

WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy."

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Google’s Motorola Deal OK’d, But Regulators Vow to Monitor Patents

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Google’s Motorola Deal OK’d, But Regulators Vow to Monitor Patents

Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through.

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EU Approves Google-Motorola Deal

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Monday, February 13, 2012

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“If Google is allowed to dominate the mobile market it will result in higher prices for consumers and stifle innovation,” warned Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson.

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